YWCA New Britain COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

As summer comes to a close, we will be transitioning programming to our fall session. As you are keenly aware, COVID-19 continues to impact communities and government regulations. To keep us safe, our operations and reopening will reflect this through the upcoming months. Here is a summary of some of the things you can expect. Departments have separate guidelines so more information about specific programs is available at the YWCA Welcome Center.

  • Childcare is open for normal hours of operation, but some changes apply:

    • Infant care continues to be closed and will remain so for the foreseeable future.

    • Toddler care is currently restricted to a maximum of 8 children.

    • Preschool classrooms will operate with precautions. Until regulations and safe circumstances change, classrooms will operate with smaller numbers and a smaller overall enrollment. Children, 3+, now are required to wear a mask while at the YWCA.

    • Before and after school, K-5th grade, will operate in alignment with the school day schedule. Tuition rates will change based upon the group size restrictions and number of hours care is needed. The YWCA will follow School District protocols, and masks and face shields will be required.

  • STRIVE for middle school girls will operate with precautions after school only at Slade and Pulaski for a limited number of students per school. Masks and face shields will be required.

  • House of Teens for high school girls will operate on East Street in alignment with the school day schedule for a limited number of youth. Masks and face shields will be required.

  • Dance and karate programming will resume with precautions in September. Contact the YWCA Welcome Center or Chris Kuzia at 860-225-4681 x213 or ckuzia@ywcanewbritain.org for information on available classes.

  • The YWCA gymnastics program will be on hiatus until, at least, January. More information will be forthcoming.

  • Health and wellness programming will continue on a limited schedule, both in-person and virtually, taking precautions as needed. In-person programming for seniors has been suspended for the time being. Masks are required with guidance.

  • Sexual Assault Crisis Services include virtual counseling, support groups, and prevention education. Crisis response services to hospitals, police departments, and court proceedings will be conducted in person unless we are advised by specific organizations that it is not permitted. Individual crisis counseling with an advocate will be conducted virtually until further notice. The hotline will continue to operate normally.

  • The Central Connecticut Family Literacy Center will be operating as a hybrid model with classes available virtually and in person. In-person slots are limited and women needing childcare in Play and Learn will receive priority. A new part-time preschool class is being opened for children ages 3-5. Contact Barbara Heidenis at 860-225-4681 x234 or bheidenis@ywcanewbritain.org for more information.

  • The office of Building Hope Together (a homelessness prevention project) and Coordinator, Mary Floyd, have moved to the Department of Community Services, New Britain City Hall. You can contact the program at 860-826-3366.

Thank you for your cooperation and for choosing the YWCA while we work to keep you, your children and family safe during this time. Unless specified, more information can be obtained by calling 860-225-4681.

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