YWCA New Britain COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

UPDATED April 2, 2020

en Español

Dear Families and Staff:

The YWCA Childcare Programs opened this week with the assistance of School Nurses provided by the School District. Each day, anyone entering the building (adult and child) have had temperatures checked. Children and staff are checked three times a day.

Childcare is provided for essential employees as defined by the State of Connecticut. Individuals who are not currently working or are working from home are encouraged not to send their children to care during the COVID-19 crisis.

Individuals with a fever of more than 100 degrees will be turned away and not allowed to remain the building. Children experiencing symptoms consistent with respiratory illness during the day will be isolated and parents contacted for immediate pick up.

Those (adults and children) with a fever, cough or shortness of breath, even if they have not been diagnosed with COVID-19 should stay home and away from others until 72 hours after the fever is gone, symptoms have improved, and it has been at least 7 days after symptoms started.

If an adult or child has been identified as a close contact or as a household contact of a person with confirmed COVID-19, please alert the YWCA. Individuals will be asked to stay home for 14 days after the last exposure.

If an adult who has been working at or dropping off at the YWCA, or a child served at the YWCA is diagnosed with a presumptive or confirmed case of COVID-19, please inform the YWCA immediately. Individuals may not return to the YWCA without physician approval and release from quarantine (a minimum of 14 days).

We appreciate your cooperation with these guidelines put in place to keep children and adults healthy and safe. Please contact the YWCA if you have any questions about any of these guidelines.


Tracey Madden-Hennessey
Executive Director

Estimadas familias y miembros del personal:

Los Programas de cuidado infantil de la YWCA abrieron esta semana con la asistencia de la Escuela de Enfermeras proporcionada por el Distrito Escolar. Todos los días, a cualquiera que entre al edificio (adulto o niño) se le verifica la temperatura. A los niños y miembros del personal se les verifica tres veces al día.

El cuidado infantil se brinda para empleados esenciales según lo define el Estado de Connecticut. Se anima a las personas que no están trabajando actualmente o que están trabajando desde casa a no enviar a sus niños al cuidado infantil durante la crisis del COVID-19.

Las personas con una fiebre superior a 100 grados serán retiradas y no se les permitirá permanecer en el edificio. Los niños que experimenten durante el día síntomas coherentes con enfermedad respiratoria serán aislados y se contactará a los padres para que los recojan de inmediato.

Aquellos (adultos o niños) con fiebre, tos o dificultad respiratoria, incluso si no han sido diagnosticados con COVID-19, deben permanecer en casa y alejados de los demás hasta 72 horas después de pasada la fiebre, hasta que mejoren los síntomas y hayan transcurrido 7 días desde el inicio de dichos síntomas.

Si un adulto o un niño ha sido identificado como un contacto cercano o como un contacto del hogar de una persona con COVID-19, avise a la YWCA. Se le pedirá a las personas que permanezcan en casa por 14 días a partir de la última exposición.

Si un adulto que ha estado trabajando o trayendo personas a la YWCA, o un menor atendido en la YWCA, es diagnosticado con un presunto o confirmado caso de COVID-19, infórmelo inmediatamente a la YWCA. Las personas no pueden regresar a la YWCA sin aprobación médica y sin el alta de la cuarentena (un mínimo de 14 días).

Apreciamos su cooperación con estas pautas establecidas para mantener saludables y seguros a niños y adultos.

Contacte a la YWCA si tiene alguna pregunta referente a estas pautas.

Tracey Madden-Hennessey
Directora Ejecutiva



UPDATED March 25, 2020

Dear Families:

I am pleased to share that the YWCA will be re-opening for limited services on Monday morning, March 30th, for childcare. In keeping with the Governor’s direct order to stay safe, services will be available to essential workers and first responders ONLY. We are urging other families to stay at home and continue to isolate.

We are thankful to the Consolidated School District of New Britain and to the New Britain Department of Public Health for assisting us in making these arrangements.

As is typical for us during days when schools are not in session, parents must supply children with a lunch. The YWCA will have breakfast and snacks available for children.

In an abundance of caution to keep children and adults healthy and safe, the following procedures are being put in place:

  • All adults and children will enter the building through the community room door. The front doors will remain closed. Directions will be posted on the exterior of the building.

  • Upon entering the building, all adults and children must submit to a temperature check conducted by nursing professionals who will be on hand daily to assist us. This is essential to ensuring that everyone entering the building is healthy and stays healthy. Adults and children who exhibit a temperature of 100 degrees and/or exhibit other symptoms consistent with respiratory illness will not be allowed to stay. Nurses will be using “no hands thermometers to monitor children’s temperature throughout the day.

  • Adults will be asked if they have traveled recently (including to impacted areas like New York City); have someone in their family who has been diagnosed with COVID19; or have individuals at home over age 60 or with health issues that make them vulnerable.

  • All adults will be asked to assist their child to thoroughly wash their hands prior to entering the building.

  • Adults going beyond the community room will also be required to thoroughly wash hands.

  • To limit the number of adults walking throughout the building, we will be asking par- ents of preschool and school age children to remain in the lobby area. Staff will walk children to their rooms. Exceptions will only be made for children under age 3 or children having difficulty transitioning.

  • Given anticipated lower participation rates, a limited number of classrooms will be available. Children may not be in a classroom with their regularly assigned teacher.

  • To prevent the spread of illness, preschool and school age children will be assigned to groups smaller than our typical classroom size. A ratio of 1 teacher to 6 children and 12 children per classroom will be observed.

  • Classrooms assigned to infant/toddler, preschool, and school age children will be in separate parts of the building to increase social isolation.

  • Gross motor activities will be minimized; only one group at a time may use gym or playground spaces.

  • Should a child show signs of illness, parents will be contacted for immediate pick up. An isolation room to be staffed by an adult is being set up. It is located next to the childcare back door. Parents will be asked to come to the rear entrance of childcare on Glen Street (with circular drive up) for child pick up.

We recognize that these additional steps may initially slow drop off at the center. They are a requirement if we are to open so we hope that you understand and can bear with us and with the staff trying to implement them, particularly at the beginning.

After careful review and consideration, the YWCA will be waiving parent fees for the weeks of March 16th and 23rd for parents who didn’t use the care. Parents who used care on the 16th will be charged a pro-rated amount. Parents who made a payment for the closure weeks and who did not use the care will receive a credit to their account. Parents using the care provided beginning March 30th are expected to make their regular payment.

Moving forward, payments for families remaining in social isolation will be suspended until this crisis is over or authorities deem it safe to resume full operation. Please con- tact the YWCA regarding the status of your child’s care if there is a need to discuss your specific situation. We will work with families to do the best we can in this extraordinary circumstance.

We appreciate your cooperation and consideration of other adults and children during these very uncertain times. If you have any questions regarding these procedures or our re-opening, please feel free to contact the YWCA. (860) 225-4681.


Tracey Madden-Hennessey
Executive Director



March 16, 2020

en Español

Dear YWCA New Britain Members and Guests,

Given the very dynamic and serious public health challenge that our community is facing right now, we have made the difficult decision that we will be closing the YWCA building effective as of the usual closing time this evening (5:30 pm) March 16th and remain closed until Monday, March 23rd. We will reevaluate this time frame on Friday, March 20th and update our YWCA community as information becomes available to us.

As a busy community center serving a large number of constituents with ages from 6 months to the elderly, we believe that it is prudent to close the facility, reduce the possibility of exposures and proactively help the community to slow the spread of COVID-19. This action is consistent with the wave of closures happening now in public schools, athletic facilities, libraries, senior centers, and community centers like YWCA New Britain around the region.

We appreciate your understanding and patience as we navigate uncharted waters together with our constituents, the municipality and other nonprofits in the community.
YWCA New Britain Sexual Assault Crisis Services will operate remotely, as it always does during holidays and weather events, and anyone in crisis should call our YWCA New Britain Hotline at (888) 999-5545 (English) or (888) 568-8332 (Spanish). All our services are available, confidential and free. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, dial 911.

YWCA Fitness will operate virtually, and a suite of health and fitness services can be accessed through the 'YWCA New Britain' Facebook page and the 'YWCA New Britain Wellness Group' Facebook page.

For those worried about food access, New Britain Public Schools are providing meals to students under the age of 18 at the following locations: New Britain High School, Pulaski Middle School, Smalley Elementary School, Smith Elementary School, and AW Stanley Park Food Truck - Stanley Street. We will continue to update this information as it becomes available or changes.

This situation continues to evolve rapidly, and we will be back in touch with further announcements or you can visit www.ywcanb.org or our YWCA New Britain Facebook page. In the meantime, please stay healthy, and please let us know if you or anyone in your family becomes ill with COVID-19.


Tracey Madden-Hennessey
YWCA New Britain Executive Director

Estimados integrantes e invitados de YWCA New Britain: 

Dado el muy dinámico y serio desafío de salud pública que enfrenta nuestra comunidad en este momento, hemos tomado la difícil decisión de cerrar el edificio de YWCA a partir de la hora de cierre habitual esta tarde (5:30 p. m.), 16 de marzo, y mantenerlo cerrado hasta el lunes 23 de marzo.  Reevaluaremos este plazo el viernes, 20 de marzo, y lo comunicaremos a nuestra comunidad YWCA cuando tengamos la información disponible.

Como centro comunitario concurrido que brinda servicio a un gran número de integrantes de edades entre los 6 meses a los ancianos, consideramos que es prudente cerrar las instalaciones, reducir la posibilidad de exposiciones y ayudar proactivamente a la comunidad para desacelerar la propagación del COVID-19.  Esta acción está en consonancia con la ola de cierres que están ocurriendo ahora en las escuelas públicas, instalaciones atléticas, centros para el adulto mayor, y centros comunitarios similares a YMCA de toda la región.

Apreciamos su comprensión y paciencia a medida que avanzamos por aguas inexploradas junto a nuestros miembros, la municipalidad y otras organizaciones sin fines de lucro de la comunidad.

Los Servicios de Crisis por Ataque Sexual de YWCA New Britain operarán de forma remota, como lo hacen siempre durante las vacaciones o eventos climáticos, y cualquiera que se encuentre en una crisis puede llamar a la Línea de atención de YWCA New Britain al (888) 999-5545 (inglés) o (888) 568-8332 (español). Todos nuestros servicios están disponibles, son confidenciales y gratuitos. Si usted o alguien a quien conoce está en peligro inmediato, llame el 911.

La YWCA Fitness (acondicionamiento físico de la YWCA) operará virtualmente, y se puede acceder a un conjunto de servicios de salud y acondicionamiento físico a través de la página de Facebook de la "YWCA New Britain" y de la página de Facebook del "YWCA New Britain Wellness Group" (grupo de bienestar de la YMCA New Britain).  

Para aquellos preocupados con el acceso a alimentos, las Escuelas Públicas New Britain ofrecen comidas a los estudiantes menores de 18 años de edad, en las siguientes ubicaciones: La Escuela Secundaria New Britain, Escuela Intermedia Pulaski, Escuela Básica Smalley, Escuela Básica Smith y Camión de Alimentos del Parque AW Stanley - Calle Stanley.  Continuaremos actualizando esta información a medida que esté disponible o cambie.

Esta situación evoluciona rápidamente, nos comunicaremos de nuevo con anuncios adicionales o puede visitar www.ywcanb.org o nuestra página de Facebook YWCA New Britain. Mientras tanto, manténgase saludable e infórmenos si usted o alguien de su familia se enferma con el COVID-19.


Tracey Madden-Hennessey
Directora Ejecutiva de YWCA New Britain