LEWISTON – The parents of children attending child care at the YWCA of Central Maine attended an open house on Oct. 23 where they learned about the curriculum, facility and special activities the children have as part of the child care program.

“We had a great turnout and we are pleased so many parents could join us for this important event,” said Pam Murphy, director of child care services. The open house was designed to introduce Murphy to the parents who had not yet had the opportunity to meet her. Murphy joined the YWCA in August.

The event also highlighted the curriculum available at the YWCA, which includes swim lessons at no additional cost for all children attending the program. Other areas of focus include healthy nutrition and the Ready Read program, which prepares children for kindergarten.

“Beginning this fall, we made an important decision to improve the nutrition value of the snacks that the children who attend our programs receive,” said Wendy Russell, community services manager. “We have a relationship with the Good Shepherd Food-Bank, which is very important to us, and we are focusing on fresh fruits, fresh vegetables and other nutritious snacks.”

The YWCA of Central Maine provides child care services to children from ages 1 through 5 and a before/after school program for school children up to age 12. The program has a few openings. For more information, call Murphy at 795-4050 or visit www.ywcamaine.org.

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