A message from our Board President, Nancy Rowe
It’s the start of a new YWCA Boulder County board year, and despite the unprecedented challenges of our “new normal”, we anticipate a year filled with renewed commitment to our mission and continued energy and passion for our work.

We’re thrilled to welcome four new members to our Board of Directors – Angelia Currie, Gayle Doud, Andrea Steffes -Tuttle, and Alondra Vazquez – and look forward to working with them to further the YWCA’s commitment to racial and social justice. As advocates and activists, we will continue to make our voices heard and help our community by providing vital services to the women, children, and families of Boulder County as we've done for nearly 100 years. We encourage you to support us in our Get Out the Vote efforts, and our upcoming annual fundraising events, Dash & Bash 2020, and Dancing with Boulder Stars 2020 (details to come).

Given today’s social and political climates, our commitment to our mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all – has never been more important to renew, promote and protect.
Thank you for your continued support. Here's to a great year!

All the best,

Nancy Rowe
Webinar: A Safe Return to Early Child Care During COVID-19
Thursday, Sept. 10 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for a discussion and Q&A about the strict public health precautions and safety measures Boulder County early child care centers are following to keep their children, families, and staff safe and healthy. All parents and caregivers are welcome to join this meeting to gain more information and a better understanding of how early child care safety is being handled in Colorado. Sharing 20+ years as a teacher and director in early child care, our Director of Persimmon Early Learning Kate Hise will share helpful information for parents exploring what to consider when enrolling infants, toddlers and pre-school aged students in child care.
Now Enrolling for the 2020 - 2021 School Year
Persimmon Early Learning (formerly Children's Alley) is Now Enrolling for Permanent Childcare Slots starting Fall 2020

Start the enrollment process today to secure spots for permanent care starting in September 2020!

  • 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 Easting, 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 (coming soon!), and begin the enrollment process today. 

Online Parent Info Sessions will be held virtually every other Wednesday, including:
  • Wednesday, Sept. 16 from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 30 from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

For additional questions, please email Kate Hise at: khise@ywcaboulder.org.
VIRTUAL Dash and Bash 2020 is Happening NOW!
Register at ywcadashbash.org
The Virtual YWCA Dash & Bash 2020 has officially begun! Celebrate the YWCA’s work to eliminate racism and empower women. This work is more critical than ever right now - and your support is even more critical than ever.
Take a stand against racism and sexism, and rally your friends, family, coworkers and civic groups together to take meaningful action by fundraising to fuel YWCA’s programs and services.

  • As a VIRTUAL event, you can march, walk or run anytime and anywhere (across the state, country or world!) between Sept. 7 and Sept. 27 and fundraise to reach your personal or team goal
  • Use our easy-to-use online platform to create your own custom individual and team fundraising page to invite others to join you in standing against racism and sexism
Online Closing Celebration
Keynote Speaker Dolores Huerta
Dolores Huerta is an American labor leader and civil rights activist who co-founded the National Farmworkers Association, which later became United Farm Workers (UFW), alongside César Chávez. Huerta will speak about taking action in our communities to create change, including exercising our right to vote.
Watch the preview for the documentary Dolores and learn more at doloreshuerta.org.
If your company would like to partner with YWCA Boulder County and become an event sponsor, please contact Robyn Hazlitt at rhazlitt@ywcaboulder.org.
STEM Virtual Summer Camp Recap
This summer we hosted our first Youth Who Code STEM E3 Virtual Summer Camp.
In partnership with Casa de la Esperanza and the City of Longmont Youth Center, we offered a four-day, two-hours-per-day program that sent 21 young students of color on their journey to learn the fundamentals of coding.

According to our Director of Community Engagement and Equity, Shiquita Yarbrough, “We didn’t know how many students were going to participate, and even though it was summer time and the camp was virtual, they were engaged and excited for every session.”

These students and more have been invited to our next STEM E3 Jam Session which will be taking place in partnership with NIST October 19.

Thank you to our generous donors and corporate partners for helping us make these STEM programs a reality! If you’d like to get involved or learn how your company could host a Jam Session and open up STEM careers to young students of color, please contact us at: rhazlitt@ywcaboulder.org.
Donate your IRA Distribution
Did you know that you can donate your IRA distribution? If you are at least 70.5 years old and have a traditional IRA, you can donate directly from your traditional IRA to a qualified charity (like YWCA Boulder County) up to $100,000 without it being considered a taxable distribution. Consult your tax advisor to see if you can further your philanthropic goals and enjoy this tax benefit!
Advocacy Update: Your Vote is Your Voice
Our nation faces a pivotal moment in the battle against racial injustice. And in response, YWCA has launched our new racial justice awareness campaign, Until Justice…Just Is, a movement designed to share the scope of our powerful work and commitment to eliminate racism in the thousands of communities we serve nationwide.  
This campaign is a learning opportunity for individuals, communities, and corporations to learn about our racial justice work and identify strategies to support our commitment to eliminating racism. This effort will also promote our civic engagement opportunities to address the interconnections between racism and voter suppression. 

The YWCA is also focusing on our work to Get Out the Vote this year! National Voter Registration Day is September 22 and it's critical to register to vote, confirm your voter registration, develop your voting plan, and help your friends and family with their voting plans.

You can also get involved with YWCA USA's partnership with Michelle Obama’s When We All Vote initiative to activate voters across the country.
Thank You Expansion Funders
We thank the following donors for their financial support of Persimmon Early Learning’s Expansion Project: Boulder County (Worthy Cause Funds), Buell Foundation, Anonymous Donor, Gates Family Foundation, Mile High United Way, Twisted Foundation, El Pomar Foundation and ECHO/National Wildlife Federation.
Meet the Staff: Jenny Gardner
What’s your title?
Preschool Room Lead Teacher

When did you join the team at YWCA Boulder County?
December 2018
What do you do at the YWCA?
Many things! I help run the preschool program for kids age 3 and up, with my wonderful co-teachers. These duties include creating and implementing the daily schedule and daily curriculum; organizing field trips and activities; cleaning, disinfecting and taking care of the classroom space after each day; and ensuring that each child in our care has a good, safe, successful day as we learn essential skills. Outside of the classroom I have taken on the role of managing the redesign and renovation of the outdoor learning spaces (playgrounds).

What is your background and tell us about your involvement in the creation of our new outdoor learning spaces?
I have a degree in architecture and have designed natural playscapes in that setting. In the past I have operated on the design-end of the project, interviewing the school’s owners and teachers, and helping to design their vision for the outdoor space, creating complete design drawings and documents for construction. In the instance of the outdoor learning spaces at the YWCA, I came onto the project to oversee the daily operations of construction, designing some of the play components and areas, meeting with each classroom’s teachers to decide on effective elements to include in each space, and working as a liaison between our organization and the construction company.
What’s your favorite thing about YWCA Boulder County?
The children we serve, and our hard-working teachers that are the lifeblood of this place. We do what we do because we care deeply for these children and their families. Their safety, development, and happiness are our priorities. And the support and passion of my fellow teachers makes it possible to meet the challenges of each new day. These women are incredible!
What’s something people may not know about you?
I was homeschooled on my family’s farm of 600 woodland acres in rural Kentucky until I was 12. They were incredible years that I am so grateful for, and I learned the value of having a unique early childhood education.
Thank you Elevations Credit Union,
2020 Gala Sponsor
Thank you, Elevations Credit Union, for being a wonderful Event Sponsor and supporter! Your event sponsorship is truly a transformational gift that is multiplied many times and helps us meet our fundraising event goals to fuel the YWCA's programs and services.

YWCA Boulder County in the News
YWCA USA's Weekly Podcast - Organize Your Butterflies
  • Learn how women, including many of the amazing leaders at YWCA, are working to help women, girls and families. Available wherever you subscribe to podcasts, including: APPLE PODCASTS | GOOGLE PLAY | STITCHER | TUNEIN | RSS 
Upcoming Events
YWCA Boulder County Events

  • Dash & Bash 2020 - Sept. 7 through Sept. 27 - Register today!
  • Dash & Bash Online Closing Ceremony - Sunday, Sept. 27 at noon MST - Keynote speaker Dolores Huerta. Register for the Dash & Bash for the call-in info.
  • Virtual Dancing with Boulder Stars - TBD November

Community Events
Did you know?
YWCA History

Did you know that in 1920, based on its work with women in industrial plants, the YWCA Convention voted for “an eight-hour-per-day law, prohibition of night work, and the right of labor to organize"?
We're Hiring!
Check our Employment Opportunities page for more information:
  • Early Childhood Education Teachers

Thank you Program Funders
Thank you City of Boulder Housing and Human Services Department for your grant funding for Children's Alley!
Thank you City of Boulder Youth Opportunities Program for your grant funding of Latina Achievement Support (LAS).
Thank YOU for your support!
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