For over 125 years, the YWCA of Binghamton and Broome County has been a steadfast advocate for eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

Among the many initiatives of the YWCA, the Young Wonders Early Childhood Center stands out as a nurturing care and early education resource for the Binghamton area community.

A Haven for Learning and Care: Young Wonders Early Childhood Center

The Young Wonders Early Childhood Center is dedicated to providing a loving, caring, and learning environment where families, children, and staff are treated with respect and given the attention they deserve. The center recognizes that families are the foremost experts on their children and aims to collaborate with them in providing the best care possible. By maintaining an open-door policy, offering flexibility, and creating a secure atmosphere, the center strives to build trust with families who entrust them with their most precious miracles.

A Strong Foundation for Growth: Core Beliefs of the Center

Within the center, the staff believes that children deserve a safe, warm, and nurturing environment where they can develop strong attachments with caregivers. They believe that children thrive when provided with stability and ample opportunities to explore and learn through play. By creating an environment that promotes learning, achievement, and self-worth, the Young Wonders Early Childhood Center sets the stage for children to grow and develop to their full potential.

Supporting the Center's Mission: Donations of Supplies Needed

To ensure the center can continue providing exceptional care, the YWCA is seeking the support of the community through donations of various supplies.

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Teacher Supplies

Young Wonders Early Childhood Center at YWCA of Binghamton is specifically in need of teacher supplies such as pens, masking tape, colored masking tape, packing tape, painters tape, Sharpie markers, dry erase markers, adult scissors, hot glue gun sticks (skinny), post-it notes, rubber bands, and paper clips.

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Child Art Supplies

In addition to teacher supplies, they also need child art supplies like glue sticks, bottles of school glue (white or clear), construction paper, contact paper rolls, butcher paper, washable markers, gel pens, washable stamp pads, sidewalk chalk or sidewalk paint, foam paper, felt sheets, child scissors, child paintbrushes, watercolors-washable, washable tempera paint, sequins or gems, feathers, colored sand, popsicle sticks, clothespins, cotton balls, q-tips, toothpicks, pipe cleaners, coffee filters, and play-doh.

Sensory and Play Supplies

For sensory and play activities, the center is looking for bubble play items (bubble solution, accessories), bags/boxes of rice, bags/boxes of beans, bags/boxes of pasta (macaroni), flour, bags of soil, bags of sand, and ice cube trays.

General Center Supplies

Additionally, they are looking for general center supplies such as tissues, child toothpaste, child toothbrush, Desitin, A&D Ointment, baby wipes (fragrance-free), AA batteries, and AAA batteries.

First Aid Supplies

First aid supplies including band-aids, alcohol wipes, reusable and one-time use ice packs, gauze rolls, and gauze pads are also needed.

Cleaning Supplies

Cleaning supplies are also needed such as liquid dish soap (not dishwasher detergent), Windex, sponges, spray bottles, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, and Goo Gone.

Impact of Donations: Support the Growth and Development of Young Children

By contributing to the Young Wonders Early Childhood Center, the community can play an active role in supporting the growth and development of young children. These supplies will directly impact the daily experiences of the children and help create an enriching educational environment. Donations can be dropped off directly at the YWCA at 80 Hawley Street in downtown Binghamton. Monetary donations may be made securely online here.

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