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Child Care Playground Work Day + Send Off for a Treasured Employee

18 Jun

The YWCA is very proud of our Child Care Center Preyer Family Natural Learning Playground. We are one of only three centers in North Carolina chosen to receive a NC State Natural Learning Playground grant. YWCA Child Care Teacher Jonathan Dudley was part of the group of Child Care staff who went to meetings to help design the playground, using the Preventing Obesity by Design (POD) model. He has also worked with parents and volunteers to bring the new playground to reality. ywca child care playground

Here is what Director of Child Care Wanda Harris has to say about Jonathan, “Jonathan has been such a resource for the Child Care Center. Hejonathan dudley has been a part of the POD process from the beginning. Now I am a lover of initiative, and Jonathan has contributed his initiative and much much more for our project. He has followed the re-design through to completion. In addition, he has been a part of training the teachers, making sure that each class has age-appropriate activities for the playground. He has given numerous workshops and talks to the staff and outside parties about the playground as well as training the NC licensing consultant teams. Jonathan has established a great rapport with NC Licensing consultants – if he is not calling them, they are calling him and making visits to keep an interested eye on the creations Jonathan has added to our playground. Our staff are so pleased that we put Jonathan’s name on our playground! He has truly put his blood, sweat and tears into this project. We really cherish the natural wonderland that he has created for our children to explore.”

Jonathan will be leaving the YWCA soon. As as send off for him, there will be a POD work day on the playground this Saturday. Please join us! Details below.child care playground smiles

YWCA Child Care Playground Work Day 
Saturday, June 22
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Projects will include:
*Top off the sand areas with fresh sand.
*Replace some of willow along the I/T path
*Plant witch alder plant by the I/T art deck
*Put a tarp bottom in the storage bench
*Replace pots/pans/buckets on the acoustic fence
*Add mulch to I/T slide
*Move mulch to the NW side of the PS climber
*Move extra dirt that has accumulated by the shed to the PS planters
*Also I have a number of plants at home that I’d love to add to the play grounds.
*Finish the I/T arbor
*Install new sand box covers, shade sale, and bench glider

Call 254-7206 x 109 with questions.

Grandma Barbara Hears from Buckingham Palace

21 Mar

grandma barbara“I love working with the babies,” says Barbara Warren, better known at the YWCA as “Grandma Barbara.” Grandma Barbara is one of the YWCA’s thirteen Foster Grandmothers, volunteers in the Child Care Center who come to us through the Land of Sky Regional Council’s Foster Grandparent program. Children in the YWCA Child Care Center have been enjoying Grandma Barbara’s attention and affection for eleven years. She started volunteering at the YWCA after retiring from a 25-year career at Square D. Two of her eleven years were spent in the toddler room, but for the majority of her time here Grandma Barbara has been in the baby room, where she helps YWCA staff care for the 6 months to one year olds in the Center. This volunteer service is invaluable to our program.

Last year a student from England named Emma Knowles spent some time in the Child Care Center volunteering. She and Grandma Barbara developed a friendship. After returning3-4 and grandma barbara 021 to England, Emma decided to write a letter to the Queen of her country about her positive experience at the YWCA. After several months, she was surprised to receive a reply from Buckingham Palace, with best wishes from the Queen! Emma sent a copy of the letter and gifts with the Queen’s name and photo on them to Grandma Barbara, much to her delight and surprise.

In her letter to Grandma Barbara about the package Emma explained, “You inspired me in so many ways. I’m doing my dissertation in university on how children from disadvantaged families are included into day cares and schools. I feel like the YWCA really showed me what my interests in child care were – working with children from disadvantaged backgrounds. I can’t thank you enough for how wonderful, fabulous and inspiring you are to me; you are truly a fantastic lady.”  She also went on to say, “Everyone at the YWCA Child Care have impacted my life so much, you’re the most wonderful group of people I’ve ever had the privilege to meet.”

The YWCA also has deep appreciation for Grandma Barbara and all of our Grandmas, and our dedicated Child Care Center staff. We’re not surprised that the Queen would take the time to acknowledge how special they are!

YWCA Children Learn About Healthy Foods

19 Mar

From YWCA Child Nutrition Coordinator Alex Nielson:

Today in the Child Care Center 3-4 classroom the kids were introduced to spaghetti squash.  They got to see what a whole squash looks like as well as what it’s insides look like.  They made their own “spaghetti,” by scraping little pieces of cooked squash, and then tasted it.  Introducing new fruits and vegetables before they are served means kids are more likely to try them and like them!
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The YWCA uses the Rainbow in My Tummy program, which was developed by the Mountain Area Child and Family Center. Rainbow in My Tummy is a creative nutrition-enrichment program that provides early care and education centers the comprehensive, innovative, and accessible resources needed to inspire and support sweeping change in local food policy and food service.

Happy Body – Kids’ Yoga

30 Jan

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Kids in the YWCA Child Care Center and After School program have had the pleasure of taking weekly yoga classes, thanks to Happy Body, a Pilates, Yoga and Bodywork studio in south Asheville. Instructor Jaime Moshe provides these classes to our participants free of charge as part of the Happy Body Outreach program.  As the Happy Body website explains, “We are dedicated to helping those who might not otherwise find movement in their lives through the Happy Body Outreach Program. We invite everyone to help us by invoking the mantra: Care for yourself. Care for your community. Through special events and community partnerships, there is ample opportunity to foster a rich, supportive environment for all.”

We are grateful to Happy Body for providing the opportunity for YWCA children to be exposed to child care yoga 037yet another way to enjoy physical activity and fitness. child care yoga 029

Thanks to the Community Foundation!

18 Dec

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The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina has awarded the YWCA of Asheville’s New Choices program a $20,000 grant from their Janirve Legacy Fund. This grant will help the YW continue to provide Drop-In Child Care to women and men who are working toward economic security and sustainability.  More than 70% of participants in New Choices are in school and not eligible for child care vouchers. The Drop-In Center also provides child care for participants of more than a dozen other agencies, including AB Tech, Steadfast House, Children First, Families Together, Goodwill, OnTrack, and Helpmate.

photo of drop-in child care by sandra stambaugh

Child Care Staff Spotlight

1 Nov

This fall we have been honoring employees for their 5, 10 and 15 years of service to the YWCA. We are featuring those employees on this blog by department. Today we’ll celebrate some of our wonderful Child Care Center staff, with words from Wanda Harris, Director of Child Care.

Shaketia Simpson – 5 Years of Service
Shaketia is a quiet, powerful force that keeps the babies happy.  She is very dependable and usually turns her paper work in long before the due date.  The grandparents adore her, and of course the babies do, too.

Charlene Wilkins  5 Years of Service
Charlene is such a dedicated team member. She is the lead teacher in the one year old room. Without being required to, Charlene came in and worked on weekends for quite awhile.  She said that she needed to get her room like she needed it to be.  Now her room is finally up to her high standards, and the kids love it.

Freida Maddox – 10 Years of Service
Freida is one of the original Child Care Center dream team members. She had never worked in child care before but it has always been a dream of hers.  She has been known as the “child care clown” because she has always made everyone laugh because she is always cutting up. The children and staff love Freida’s cooking. She never lets anyone’s’ birthday go by without a celebration. Freida has taught us how to press on through all kinds of challenges. Thanks Freida for the extras.

(Note: Frieda recently left her position the YWCA. She will be greatly missed, and her contributions to the success of the Child Care Center will not be forgotten.)

Beth Summey – 10 Years of Service
Beth is also one of the original Child Care dream team members. Beth has led every classroom in the child care and now she is the lead teacher in our new two year old classroom. She also does scheduling and team leadership duties. Thanks Beth for all you do.

New Choices Supports Families

3 Jul
Access to job training while nurturing the family is the goal of New Choices.

The single mother of this sweet child is studying with AB Tech to complete the CNA program. She is pursuing a trade skill that will stabilize her family while her new born daughter is nurtured and supported. The YWCA New Choices Drop-In Child Care strives to offer single parents an option for continuing their education, perusing a career, or access to social services.
Pictured with baby: Katherine Hensley, Director of New Choices