There have been so many changes in Williamsburg in just six months alone. Some I welcome, some I don't (I won't name names.) I remember a year ago when Jessica mentioned the opening of the YMHA, I thought finally a space in a part of Brooklyn where this is needed! I spoke recently to YMHA about thier space and what we as parents can expect from them. As one of Motherburg's new sponsors (no we're not selling out -it's time for us to start working with sponsors who support our site and help it to grow) expect to see posts from YMHA in the future as we get tips on education and learn more about upcoming classes.
MB: Tell us about the Kings Bay at Y at North Williamsburg-YMHA, your new space sounds really exciting and quite large.
YMHA: We’re an innovative, pluralistic and progressive pre-school based on the Bank Street/Reggio Emilia philosophies. At full capacity we’ll have five pre-school classes for children two to five years old. We also have an after-school program for older kids. At the same time, we’re a unique community center -- a JCC that’s truly open to all. Our mission is to give back to the community so we offer a number of free programs for babies and toddlers on site and at the Leonard Library. This is made possible by our community partners such as the King Grove Hotel and Dr. Jessica Fleischman’s Eye Sight Center which we are grateful.
MB: Will you be offering daycare and if so what age? When can parents apply to this service?
YMHA:We will be offering day care. Kids can come to our school as early as 8 a.m. and stay until 6 p.m. We want to support both working families and stay-at-home families. Our program starts at two years old, but families have already been applying a year early. We’ve already filled one Twos Class for next year and we are now opening a second Twos Class for 2014.
We have lot of events that are geared toward engaging the entire family. We sponsored a music- and food-filled “Rosh Hashanah Experience” that attracted about 140 young families eager to get acquainted and to share in the journey of Jewish cultural exploration. A local family graciously opened their home for our events, which filled up immediately.
MB: Will you be offering any Holiday break/spring break programs for kids?
YMHA: We will be offering holiday winter and spring break mini-camp programs for children.
MB: What do we have to look forward in the next few months?
YMHA: Look out for our summer camp experience next summer for children ages 2 to 12.
In the next few months, we will be having the following events:
14 Hope Street, Suite 1
Brooklyn, New York 11211
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