STRIVE Participates in Random Hacks of Kindness Hack-a-thon at Central Connecticut State University

By Shaunna Cullen Four members of YWCA New Britain’s STRIVE afterschool program for middle school girls attended Central Connecticut State University’s “Random Hacks of Kindness Hack-a-thon” to begin development of a smartphone app to be used by YWCA School Age parents. The focus of the Hack-a-thon was to provide an

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Parenting in the Age of Social Media

By Tracey Madden-Hennessey In a recent story in the Washington Post, writer Devorah Heitner, discussed how quickly news and images travel through the airways. Children, particularly those with cell phones, are likely to see news images that are “raw” and that “haven’t been edited, interpreted or contextualized.” She states, in a significant

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The Little Lie Even Fit People Tell Themselves

By Bryce Hastings Smashing yourself at the gym for an hour, then spending the rest of the day stuck in front of your computer or slumped in your favorite armchair watching television, is like being a marathon runner who smokes.  And just like smoking, sedentary behavior is bad for you,

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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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Using Sound Experiences to Help Children Learn

By Tracey Madden-Hennessey “Sound is invisible, but it’s a tremendously powerful force…for better or worse, it shapes your brain and how you learn.”  These are the words of biologist and researcher Nina Kraus, Northwest University, who specializes in the impact of sound on brain development.  In a recent newsletter published

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