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YMCA Preschool: The best kept secret in town

The Winsted YMCA has a new preschool director, Charmaine Riva of Salisbury, who has completely revamped the preschool program.

Riva recently shared her excitement about the changes to the program. “We completely redid the entire center, adding eight new exciting learning centers and a huge fish tank for the kids to enjoy,” she said. She also hopes to add more pets for the center, “maybe a guinea pig in the near future.”

The center has also been painted in bright colors, with paintings on all the walls. “It truly looks like a completely different place than when I came here. It’s beautiful — it really is the best-kept secret in town,” Riva said.

According to Riva, all new teachers have been hired, including one who is currently enrolled in the Early Childhood Education Program at Northwestern Connecticut Community College and who is also observing at the college’s child-care center.

The staff at the center is working to incorporate a music program into their schedule, as well as a weekly visit to the Beardsley Library for story and book time. In addition, the center is, as always, offering swimming lessons during pre-school hours for the children.

Riva is in the process of planning several holiday events to get the word out and show off Winsted’s hidden gem, she said.

For more information or enrollment into the pre-school at the YMCA, contact Head Teacher Charmaine Riva at 860-379-0708 or stop by and see the new additions in person.

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