By preschool age, children are making new discoveries every day and increasing their independence.  Preschool is a critically important step in preparing children for kindergarten.  YWCA New Britain's preschool program helps to prepare children for kindergarten by offering developmentally appropriate ways to learn new skills within a play-based learning environment.  Each day is filled with fun activities that help children grow socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively.

Teachers plan activities while considering the needs of individual children, the needs of the group, and the goals set forth in the Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards.  This framework guides teachers in planning varied opportunities for the children to learn with activities and experiences based on sound theory and practice relating to children's growth and development to help them develop a love of learning.

For more information on our preschool program, contact Judith Alvarado at 860-225-4681 x233 or

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Meet Arina

Many of the children in the Play & Learn toddler group in the Family Literacy Center were crying their first day.  For most of them, it was the first time they had been away from their mothers.

But Arina continued crying and crying, day after day, week after week.  She refused to take her coat off or get out of her stroller.

Read more about her struggle, her success, and how the YWCA preschool program helped prepare her for kindergarten.

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