YWear Gear Comes to YWCA New Britain

By Shaunna Cullen Just in time for holiday shopping, YWCA New Britain is launching an online clothing store. The virtual store features cozy pull-over and zip up hoodies, hats, fleece vests, children’s t-shirts and even a onesie for the youngest members of the family. A percentage of proceeds from sales goes

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YWCA Celebrates the Season with 5th Annual Fall Family Festival

By Shaunna Cullen The 5th annual Fall Family Festival recently gave YWCA New Britain families the opportunity to come together and celebrate the season with festive crafts, local fresh foods, and entertainment. There was something for everyone to enjoy at the event, from pumpkin painting and a heart-healthy puppet show,

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Elder Sexual Violence: The Abuse We Can Never Imagine Happening

By C.J. Boggs Bernier According to AARP, there are 76.4 million baby boomers in the U.S and more than 3 million of them are already in their 70’s and 80’s. Many families are transitioning into the sandwich generation, taking care of elderly parents and still caring for children at home. 

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Fun For Everyone at the Fall Family Festival

By Shaunna Cullen YWCA New Britain's Fall Family Festival will be back again this year with great family-friendly activities to welcome in the fall season. In addition to pumpkin painting, sing-a-longs, a photo booth, dance performances, face painting and seasonal crafts, there will be local farm fresh food!  Community Wellness Director

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A Parent’s Influence On Their Child’s Developing Brain

By Michele Eathorne Brain development has been a hot topic in recent years within the field of early childhood development. Recently when I was reading the article "Building the Brain" by Katherine Stevens, I discovered new facts about babies' brain development that I wasn't aware of  21 years ago when my

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It’s Okay to Say No to Titi

By Sheryan Cancel As a young Puerto Rican girl I was always taught to greet family members and friends with a hug and a kiss on the cheek. Not only was this a greeting, but a sign of respect and affection. It was never taught to me that if I

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Attendance Counts! YWCA Celebrates Perfect Attendance

By Shaunna Cullen YWCA New Britain preschool students with perfect attendance this school year were recently celebrated for their commitment to learning.  According to a study conducted by Everyone Graduates Center in partnership with John Hopkins University, chronic absence in kindergarten is associated with lower academic performance in first grade.

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Family Literacy End of Year Celebration Showcases Student’s Achievements

By Shaunna Cullen The end of year celebration for YWCA New Britain's Family Literacy Center ESL (English as a Second Language) and GED (General Education Degree) students and their children is held every spring to celebrate the successes of the past year. This program is a partnership with Literacy Volunteers

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Overcoming Adversity to Dance

by Philip Galbert Dancing has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, over 20 years. Growing up in an African American/Latino household, music and dance was more than just something you enjoyed, it was a huge part of our rich culture. As I write this and remember all of

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Can’t Stop the Feeling Dance Recital Dazzles All in Attendance

by Shaunna Cullen This year’s dance recital for YWCA New Britain’s School of Dance was “a huge success!” according to Performing Art Director Chris Kuzia. For the first time, the show for both our New Britain and Bristol studios had the same theme- "Can’t Stop the Feeling.”  Children ages two all the

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