August 28, 2013

Registration Is Open For Classes at YWCA

Fall class registration is now open at the YWCA Princeton with most classes beginning September 5. More than 300 classes are being offered.

Registration can be completed online at for most classes, or by calling (609) 497-2100 ext. 0. There are no residential requirements to take classes and nearly every class is open to both sexes. A listing of all classes can be downloaded from their website.

The Nursery School at YWCA Princeton has some spots remaining for the 2013-14 school year for children ages 2½-6 years, including its bilingual Nursery School. A licensed educational school, it offers students a variety of activities. Students may also take advantage of other YWCA offerings such as swimming and dancing for an additional cost.

This fall, there is a Dance/Aquatics combo class for preschoolers. This one-hour class is for those wanting their children to develop different skills sets. The aquatics department is offering more than 100 classes for ages 4 months through seniors. An “Introduction to Water Skills” class for 13-14-year-olds has been introduced this fall. Those interested can move on to more advanced American Red Cross Classes. A Competitive Swim Clinic is also available to get 9-15 year olds ready for competitive swimming. Residents of West Windsor and Plainsboro have an additional option of taking swim classes at the West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North pool. This is being offered in conjunction with Plainsboro Aquatics Outreach Program.

The After School Program (ASP) at Princeton, Montgomery, and Lawrence are available to parents wanting to ensure that their children are safe before and after school. It is offered on regular school days, early dismissals, most full days, and during spring breaks. In Princeton, ASP is available at Community Park, Johnson Park (children are bussed to Community Park), and Riverside. It is offered in Montgomery, at Montgomery Lower Middle School, Orchard Hill, and Village Elementary and in Lawrence at Ben Franklin Elementary, Eldridge Park Elementary, Lawrence Intermediate, Lawrenceville Elementary, and Slackwood Elementary. Full time, part time, and day passes are available at most schools. For those schools starting mid-September, a day camp is being offered September 4-6.

More than 30 ESL classes are available this fall including TOEFL Preparation, Basic English, conversation, and pronunciation. A new women’s empowerment series, “Unstuck for Your New Life” is being introduced this October for those that want to move ahead in their lives, professionally or otherwise. This four-part series is intended to help participants discover a new future by overcoming common mistakes that keeps them from moving forward.

For more than 50 years, the Newcomers and Friends group has welcomed those who have moved to the area, and those experiencing a life transition, get acquainted with the area through activities, lunches, trips, and outings. This group’s general meeting and new member sign-up is scheduled for September 13.

A number of free classes such as Common Sense Parenting, GED Preparation, and Citizenship Preparation are also offered to the greater Mercer county community.