Virtual STEM E3 Jam Sessions with NIST and Zayo
Over the past month we have kicked off our fall virtual STEM E3 programming with two amazing Jam Sessions with National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Zayo Group!

For both Jam Sessions, over 20 young girls of color from Boulder Valley School District joined us online to learn from a panel of female employees. These women leaders talked about what they do, shared their career journeys and told the participants what they wish they had known when they were in middle school.

The panel from NIST shared what NIST does as an organization dedicated to scientific measurement and technological excellence, and what they each do as scientists, physicists, workforce development managers, and more. The panel from Zayo Group explained Zayo's role in providing fiber internet to some of the largest businesses and companies in the world, and the panel of business, sales and lead generation experts talked about what they do, what they love about their jobs, and their career journeys. At each Jam Session, our young participants then asked the panelists questions and the panelists talked about different challenges they overcame to get to where they are today. Following the panel, the students learned some building blocks of coding languages with CodeMonkey, a programming game for kids.

We are thrilled with the participation of the students and the overwhelming response that nearly 100% indicated they are interested in joining our seven-week cohort program early next year. A big THANK YOU to our partner organizations, NIST and Zayo Group, for their help broadening the career horizons of our young participants!
Webinar: Advocacy in the Time of the "Shecession"
Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020 | 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
COVID-19 is a public health and economic crisis, and women are bearing the brunt of the economic devastation. Americans are living through the country’s first “shecession”. In September, 865,000 women left the workforce alone, accounting for 80% of all workers that left the workforce that month. Over the last 50 years, women and mothers have become an inextricable part of the American labor force. Social and economic policies, however, have not kept pace with the advancement of women. And women of color are shouldering the heaviest burden of the nation’s systemic failures and inequities. Women in America have endured a decades-long child care and workforce support crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has simply brought the role of women in the US workforce into stark relief.

Join YWCA Boulder County, and a panel of exceptional women in legislative and advocacy roles navigating this challenging space and time for women, on December 8 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.We will discuss what needs be focused on in the upcoming months to ensure we move these disturbing trends in the right direction.

Powerful women coming together include:

Catherine Beane, Vice President, Public Policy and Advocacy,YWCA USA

Representative K.C. Becker, Speaker of the House, District 13

Angelique Espinoza, Chair, Advocacy Committee, YWCA Boulder County

(The Zoom link for this webinar will be sent after you register.)
November is Native American Heritage Month
Celebrating a Historic Election for Women
In addition to the herstory made with the election of our first woman and woman of color Vice President, America set other records this year, such as for the number of women serving in Congress and the number of Black women serving in the House.

Pictured here from left to right:
Kamala Harris: First woman and first woman of color to serve as Vice President of the United States

Join us in celebrating:

A big thank you also to everyone who worked on our advocacy issues and helped spread the word on our positions on several Colorado ballot measures!

Passed - [YWCA Opposed] - Amendment 76 — Citizenship Qualification of Voters
This measure intends to suppress votes, including denying voter registration for 17-year-olds, and to inflame anti-immigration sentiment.

Did Not Pass - [ YWCA Opposed} - Proposition 115 — Prohibit Abortions After 22 Weeks
No exceptions for health of mother, rape or incest. Undermines women’s economic empowerment and sovereignty of own bodies.

Passed - [YWCA Supported] - Proposition 118 — Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program
Promotes women’s economic empowerment, as women are often the primary caretakers.
Ways to Support YWCA this Holiday Season
There are some great ways to get involved and support YWCA Boulder County and our work to eliminate racism and empower women!

Donate on Colorado Gives Day
Colorado Gives Day is on Tuesday, December 8th this year, and you can preschedule your gift today!
Holiday Gift & Meal Drive
Support our Holiday Gift & Meal Drive! Sign up to receive a gift list "tag" for a child in need and help spread some holiday cheer! We will also have grocery store gift cards that you can purchase for a family in need to help them enjoy a tasty Holiday Meal.

Details are still being finalized, but please sign-up and we will get in touch with you directly with more details.
Persimmon Early Learning
Now Enrolling for the 2020 - 2021 School Year
Persimmon Early Learning (formerly Children's Alley) is Now Enrolling for Permanent Childcare Slots

Start the enrollment process today to secure spots for permanent care!

  • Small class sizes and low teacher - student ratios of 1:5
  • Experiential, play-based program with Storybook Journey curriculum that supports child-led interests and child development
  • Colorado Shines Level 4 rating
  • Highly qualified teaching team works to strengthen all areas of child growth and pre-academic skills including: social-emotional, gross and fine motor, early literacy, STEM, and social studies
  • Twice-yearly parent/teacher conferences and daily communication
  • Daily Active Play, Movement, and Nutrition lessons with our Wellness Coordinator
  • Healthy snacks and meals prepared daily on-site by our Nutrition Coordinator
  • Certified HEAL (Healthy Eating, Active Living) and Breastfeeding Friendly Program

Visit our website and fill out our Interest Form to sign up for an Info Session, be notified of Virtual Tours, and begin the enrollment process today. 

Online Parent Info Sessions will be held virtually every other Wednesday, including:
  • Wednesday, Dec. 2 from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 16 from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

For additional questions, please email Kate Hise at:
Sign up for Persimmon Grove - Our Parent eNews
Once a month we bring our Persimmon Early Learning classrooms to you with Persimmon Grove, our eNews for parents. Hear what each classroom has been focused on this month and learn nutrition and wellness tips too!
Donor Highlight - Ellen Greenhouse and Lester Wall
A big Thank YOU to Ellen Greenhouse and Lester Wall for their generous support of YWCA Boulder County!

Ellen and Lester recently learned more about YWCA Boulder County through their membership with SVP, of which YWCA is an Investee, and by attending one of our recent "Being an Anti-Racist" trainings.

"Although the office where I practiced as a psychologist for over 35 years was a mere four blocks from the YWCA, I was sadly unaware of the full scope of the YWCA's work. I have always appreciated Children's Alley (now Persimmon Early Learning). Only recently have I learned of the YWCA's ongoing work on anti-racism and on the mentoring of Latina girls. These are among the YWCA's efforts that are dearest to my mind and heart. Lester Wall and I see it as a true privilege to offer whatever financial support we can to the YWCA's substantial contributions to our community.  

-Ellen Greenhouse, Ph.D.

Thank you Ellen and Lester!
Meet the Staff: Peggy Corwin
What’s your title?
Persimmon Early Learning Coordinator

When did you join the team at YWCA Boulder County?
August 2019

What do you do at the YWCA?
I coordinate check-ins and check-outs of children in our care at Persimmon Early Learning. I also handle record keeping, communication with families, the day-to-day workings of the office, and more.

What’s your favorite thing about YWCA Boulder County?
My favorite thing about YWCA Boulder County is the way everyone who works here looks after everyone else.

What’s something people may not know about you?
Most people do not know that I was previously married and Brian, my husband of 35 years, was the best man at my first wedding.
Thank you Alpine Bank, 2020 General Sponsor
Thank you, Alpine Bank, for your incredible support as a General Sponsor this Fall!

As a Corporate Sponsor and Corporate Dash & Bash Team, you help fuel our work to eliminate racism and empower women.

Upcoming Events
YWCA Boulder County Events

  • YWCA offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving Recess, from Nov. 23 through Nov. 27, reopening on Nov. 30

  • Join our Virtual Gala Event Committee! If you are interested or would like to know more, please email Robyn Hazlitt at

  • YWCA offices will be closed for the Holiday Recess, from Dec. 21 through Jan. 1, reopening on Jan. 4

Community Events

Did you know?
YWCA History

Did you know that the first YWCA for Native American women opened at the Haworth Institute in Chilocco, Oklahoma in 1890?

Speaking of the YWCA's ongoing support of Native American women, check out this YWCA USA "Organize Your Butterflies" podcast featuring a conversation between Nikki Pitre, acting Executive Director, Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute, and Alejandra Y. Castillo, CEO, YWCA, about how the historical milestones of Native American women have helped to shape America’s history:

Pictured: Nikki Pitre, acting Executive Director, Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute
We're Hiring!
Check our Employment Opportunities page for more information:
  • Early Childhood Education Teachers

Thank you City of Boulder Housing and Human Services
Thank you City of Boulder Housing and Human Services Department for your grant funding for Persimmon Early Learning (formerly Children's Alley)!
Thank YOU for your support!
Make a Donation to YWCA Boulder County

Our work would not be possible without the support of passionate individuals and businesses like you, who support our programs and services.

Contact us to learn more about donating stock or other assets, donating through your employers giving program or becoming an event sponsor.
Non-cash Ways to Support the YWCA

  • Give from your Donor Advised Fund
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  • Donate your vehicle to YWCA Boulder County through Vehicles for Charity
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