Family Literacy

Have you wanted to earn your GED or learn English but could not attend class without childcare?

The Central Connecticut Family Literacy Center at YWCA New Britain was created for you! It is the only Adult Education Center in New Britain developed to meet the needs of women and their young children.


  • FREE in-person and virtual GED and ESL classes for women

  • Four components- adult education, childcare, parent education, and play and learn activities for women and children

  • Safety precautions and protocols such as mask wearing, social distancing, and cleaning and disinfecting of the building to prevent the spread of COVID-19

  • Childcare for children six months and up while their mothers are in class- the ONLY site in New Britain!

  • Highly trained and qualified teachers

  • Small class size and personal attention

  • Women enrolled must participate in all four components.  To enroll, one must be a mother with at least one child under age 8 and be a resident of New Britain.

Students who are interested in enrolling must call for an appointment.  An entrance exam to determine placement is required and will be scheduled upon enrollment.  The schedule is determined when pre-test is completed.

YWCA’s Family Literacy Program is a partnership with Literacy Volunteers of Central Connecticut and New Britain Adult Education.  You can also view some recommended resources here.

For more information, contact Barbara Heidenis at 860-225-4681 x234 or


Procedures & Protocols

The YWCA Family Literacy Center is OPEN! We are taking a series of precautions to protect our members and staff from COVID-19. Read more about the precautions YWCA New Britain has implemented to keep you healthy and safe in EnglishSpanish, or Arabic.


Meet Kasandra

Research shows that healthy, educated, and empowered women have healthy, educated, and empowered children.  This is exactly what the Family Literacy Center helps to accomplish.

Read the story of how the program has helped Kasandra and her daughter Keliany.

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