The YWCA of Central Massachusetts, founded in 1885, has a long history of bringing together (and serving) women, children and families of all races, socio-economic levels, religious backgrounds, etc. Today, the YWCA remains steadfast in its commitment to its mission - eliminating racism and empowering women - structuring many of its programs to support the principles it embraces. It works proactively and collaboratively to identify and address the needs of Worcester's diverse community by helping individuals and families achieve their full potential and to enrich the quality of their lives.
The YWCA’s early care and education program was one of the first early childhood education programs in the city to become accredited. The agency takes great pride in its teaching staff, many whom have worked diligently over the past few years to further their education. They are dedicated professionals creating nurturing learning environments, strong bonds with families and communities, while providing meaningful educational experiences for their students.
The program uses Teaching Strategies Gold Version of Creative Curriculum to assess every child’s developmental progress as well as the classes’ to determine their readiness for learn and for kindergarten.
Additionally, the YWCA’s preschool program provides gym and swim to students. Once a week children receive a 30-minute American Red Cross swim lesson that focuses on them getting comfortable in the water, and a 30-minute gym program called Jumpin’ Gym-a-Knees implemented by a certified instructor who sets up obstacle courses, monkey bars, and tumbling mats to improve their gross motor skills.