United Way Day of Caring Comes to YWCA New Britain

By Shaunna Cullen The United Way Day of Caring offers people and businesses the opportunity to volunteer at non-profit agencies in the community. While United Way promotes community service volunteer efforts year-round, this day brings hundreds of people together to make a difference in the community. Last fall, YWCA New

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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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YWCA Celebrates the Week of the Young Child

By Shaunna Cullen YWCA New Britain celebrated the Week of the Young Child April 24 to 28.  The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers, and families. This year, teachers centered their activity

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School Age Hosts Carnival for Preschool Students

By Shaunna Cullen YWCA New Britain's school age program hosted an indoor carnival during spring vacation week for the preschool students.  "This is a wonderful event for our programs.  The school age children are very involved in planning, organizing, setting-up and running the event.  Seeing the planning of the carnival through from

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The Cat in the Hat Visits Classrooms for Read Across America Week

By Shaunna Cullen The first week of March, YWCA New Britain’s childcare classrooms participated in Wild, Wacky Week, which is a part of the larger Read Across America Week campaign. This campaign began 20 years ago in 1997 by the National Education Association’s reading task force as a way to get

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YWCA New Britain Maintains National NAEYC Accreditation

By Shaunna Cullen   YWCA New Britain has been re-accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)—the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children. NAEYC Accreditation is a rigorous and transformative quality-improvement system that uses a set of 10 research-based standards to collaborate with early education programs to recognize

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Advocating For Early Childhood Education

By Tracey Madden-Hennessey As many are aware, the State of Connecticut is facing a fiscal crisis.  A $1.3 billion budget gap looms over the upcoming legislative session and threatens many of the services and systems that Connecticut residents need to survive.  One of them is the state’s system of Early

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YWCA Children Learn About Fire Safety

By Shaunna Cullen YWCA pre-school classrooms have begun their annual walking field trips to the New Britain fire department to learn about fire safety and emergency services. Michele Eathorne, Director of Curriculum and Communication at the YWCA, said this partnership with the fire department has been going on for well

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