It's a New Year!
Happy 2021 and it's already February! We hope you and your family are off to a good start in the new year. Persimmon Early Learning of YWCA Boulder County is here to help, with child care and parenting resources to help you make the most of the new year.

We are also moving this Persimmon Grove Parent eNewsletter to a quarterly schedule this year. For current parents, we look forward to continuing to communicate with you through COR Advantage, to share information about developmental milestones for your child.

As the COVID-19 vaccine is distributed and pandemic restrictions hopefully ease this year, we will be here for parents looking for affordable, high-quality child care options. We have ongoing enrollment for child care and are also hiring additional early childhood educators to open our other newly remodeled classroom soon.

Don't hesitate to reach out - we would love to share more about what's new at Persimmon Early Learning!

With gratitude,
Kate Hise, Persimmon Early Learning Teachers & YWCA Staff
Infant Development Center (IDC) News
Moving and Exploring

The children in the Infant Development Center (IDC) have been busy exploring and finding different ways to use the materials in the classroom. While our youngest infants work on holding their heads up and holding objects in their hands, our older infants are busy expanding their skills. They love to shake rattles and bells to make music and to turn the pages of favorite books. All of these activities are helping the infants develop their large and small muscles and are so important to their development. To continue this learning at home, try to provide your infant with different items to explore that encourage them to move their hands and bodies in different ways.

Some examples are:

  • A cooking pot and a wooden spoon to hit it with
  • A small tupperware container with a few toys inside for them to shake
  • A small amount of water in a plastic dish or on their highchair tray for them to touch 
Toddler Room News
Fun with Masking Tape

The children in the Toddler Room love to play with masking tape! In the activity shown above, they were using the small muscles in their hands to peel masking tape off of the table. This activity is great for increasing finger strength and dexterity, and is also incredibly engaging for the toddlers.

Other ways masking tape is used in the toddler room include:
  • Making hopscotch squares on the floor
  • Making paths to walk, jump, or balance on
  • Making roads for toy cars. 

These activities can all be done at home as well! A few things to remember when using masking tape at home with toddlers - masking tape left on the floor for more than a week or two will become more difficult to remove. Also, toddlers should always be supervised while using tape (or any items that could be a choking hazard) to ensure they do not put it in their mouths. 
Preschool Room
Welcome to Our Store

The children in our preschool classroom have been exploring the book "Corduroy" for their most recent Storybook Journey activity. As the children examined different concepts from the story they became interested in learning more about stores and shopping. So, with the help of their teachers, they set up their own classroom store! This activity led to great hands-on learning in many domains. The children used language skills to ask for what they wanted, tell the “customers” how much items cost, and negotiate the prices. They used math skills to count out money to pay for their items and identify the numbers on the price tags, and social studies skills, including using money and thinking about the jobs of people in the community, were incorporated throughout the activity. 

To continue this learning at home, help your child become more involved in household shopping when possible. Children can help make shopping lists (with either words or pictures), can check things off of a shopping list as items are put into the cart or basket, and can notice the cost of items by looking at the labels in the store. You could also make some play money (numbers on cut pieces of paper) and play store at home, taking turns both selling and buying. 
Our Wellness and Nutrition Program
Pictured above: The Preschool Classroom helps shuck some corn for their lunch!
Do you want your children to try new foods?

We have found that children are more likely to try new things when they are involved in the preparation or cooking process. It is good for children to see where their food comes from.

For example, when cutting a melon for snack, allow your child to watch you cut open the whole fruit. While doing so ask them questions about what they see:

  • What color is it?
  • What shape I it?
  • Is it big or small?
  • What does it feel like?
  • What does it taste like?
  • Does it have a smell?

Questions like these allow them to learn more about the foods they eat! As their familiarity with the food grows, their bravery to try something new increases. 
Why We should Limit our Sugar sweetened Beverage Intake

People who often drink sugary drinks are more likely to face health problems, such as weight gain, obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, kidney diseases, non-alcoholic liver disease, tooth decay and cavities, and gout, a type of arthritis.

Limiting sugary drinks can help you maintain a healthy weight and have a healthy diet. Many people don’t realize just how much sugar and how many calories are in their drinks.

Tips to decrease sugar intake: 

  • Add fruit to your water (berries, lime/lemon, orange slices)
  • Decrease the amount of sugar you put in your coffee or tea
  • Carry a water bottle with you wherever you go
  • Read the nutrition facts label of beverages at the store
  • Try adding a splash of whole fruit juice to fizzy water
  • Going cold turkey can be hard, so set a goal for yourself to decrease sugar sweetened beverages week by week
2021 Gala Tickets On-Sale Now! 
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 | 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Join YWCA Boulder County for our 2021 Virtual Gala. Enjoy an hour of impact with awards, a guest speaker, paddle raiser and an event drawing. 
We will be celebrating an awards night the way it should be - with women and people of color in the spotlight.
6:00 PM | Virtual Doors Open
Feel Free to Join Early to Ensure You're Connected before the Program Begins
6:30 - 7:30 PM | Program
An Hour of Impact, with Awards, Guest Speaker, Paddle Raiser and Event Drawing
Red Carpet Ticket $100 | Screening Ticket $35
Your $100 Red Carpet Ticket includes your Screening Link plus a gourmet Happy Hour Nosh & Nibbles spread* (feeds 1-2 people) from local Cured Boulder.
Add-on options include delivery,** wine and Lily's Sweets chocolate.
*Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-free options available.
  • **Pick-up option available in downtown Boulder on March 9. Delivery for Boulder County only.
  • Sue Fagan, Former YWCA Board Chair and Community Advocate, with the Janet Beardsley Award of Excellence
  • Kathleen Buchholz, SVP, Integration & Financial Systems, Zayo Group, with the YWCA Community Impact Maker Award
Happy Hour Nosh & Nibbles
Enjoy a decadent spread from Cured Boulder with hand-picked gourmet cheeses, charcuterie, and curated wine selections, with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options available. Add-ons options include delivery*, wine and Lily's Sweets chocolate.
*Pick-up in downtown Boulder available on March 9. Delivery for Boulder County only.
Upcoming Events
YWCA Boulder County Events


  • Tuesday, March 9, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Lights, Camera, TAKE ACTION 2021 Gala
  • Join YWCA Boulder County for our 2021 Virtual Gala. Enjoy an hour of impact with awards, a guest speaker, paddle raiser and an event drawing. 
  • Red Carpet Ticket $100 | Screening Ticket $35
  • Your $100 Red Carpet Ticket includes your Screening Link plus a gourmet Happy Hour Nosh & Nibbles spread (feeds 1-2 people) from local Cured Boulder. Add-on options include delivery, wine and Lily's Sweets chocolate. Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-free options available.
We're Hiring!
Check our Employment Opportunities page for more information:
  • Persimmon Early Learning of the YWCA needs ECT-qualified teachers for our new toddler and preschool classrooms. $1,000 signing bonus, small class sizes, and great benefits! 

Thank you Program Funder
Thank you City of Boulder Housing and Human Services Department for your grant funding for Persimmon Early Learning (formerly Children's Alley)!
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