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How to Prevent Bullying in Preschoolers

Posted on 10/21/15 11:45 AM by Beth Roessner
Bullying is a hot topic amongst high school locker rooms and elementary school playgrounds, but rarely is the issue addressed from the earliest developmental stages. Often times, this bullying behavior in three or four year olds is just labeled as spirited play, socializing or a bad mood. But noticing this behavior and addressing it early in a child’s life can have major implications.
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Easy Crafts that Make for Great Holiday Memories

Posted on 12/9/14 8:12 AM by Shakarra McGuire
Contributed by YMCA Fairfax County Reston Coming up with things to do when the kids are out of school does not have to be stressful! Here are some quick crafts you can do with the kids that are easy, fun and make for great gifts.
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Holiday Cheer, we sing of thee!

Posted on 12/2/14 11:20 AM by Shakarra McGuire
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ONE WEEK AWAY! Healthy Eating Tips for Thanksgiving

Posted on 11/20/14 4:06 PM by Shakarra McGuire
Contributed by Kristy McCarron, Healthy Eating Specialist
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Ayrlawn Costume Parade: A Star Studded Event

Posted on 10/31/14 1:14 PM by Shakarra McGuire
Looking for some last minute costume inspiration? The students at YMCA Ayrlawn showcased these stunning Halloween fashions in their Annual Costume Parade! It was a star studded event with appearances by Queen Elsa, Captain America, Spiderman, Hulk, Batman and many more dignitaries. Check out some of the best costumes below!  We wish you a safe and Happy Halloween!
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Sugar Free Halloween: Day 4

Posted on 10/30/14 9:44 AM by Shakarra McGuire
Contributed by Kristy McCarron After you have carved the pumpkins, here is a great way to make use of the seeds!
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A Sugar-Free Halloween: Day 2

Posted on 10/28/14 8:54 AM by Shakarra McGuire
Contributed by Kristy McCarron Let's just call this the friendliest spider you'll ever meet! Here is today's quick recipe for you and your kids to enjoy a healthy week of Halloween treats!
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Celebrating Lights On Afterschool

Posted on 10/27/14 2:59 PM by Shakarra McGuire
Last week, our Y branches rallied around Lights On Afterschool, a nationwide campaign that acknowledges the huge impact that afterschool programs have on students, their families and their communities. The Harvard Family Research Project findings show that students who participate in afterschool programs have positive growth academically, socially/mentally and in the areas of prevention, health and wellness. You can locate your nearest opportunity for a YMCA afterschool program here!    Students celebrated by participating in arts and crafts, mural painting and much more! Check out some actions shots from YMCA Arlington and YMCA Loudoun County below!         
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A Sugar-Free Halloween

Posted on 10/27/14 10:27 AM by Shakarra McGuire
Contributed by: Kristy McCarron With Halloween right around the corner, let’s try to reduce our sugar intake during this sugar-filled holiday. Here are some recipes for you and your kids to enjoy a healthy week of Halloween treats.
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The Y's Fight to End Summer Learning Loss

Posted on 6/20/14 11:40 AM by Tracey Mitchell
Summer learning is the focus of a number of Y summer programs. With this focus, all day and resident camp programs incorporate math, literacy, arts and science components to their programs, giving kids added academic exposure along with the enrichment and character building activities that we know help young people succeed in school and life. Senior VP of Program Development, Janice Williams breaks down exactly what makes the Y great and how it fights to end Summer Learning Loss in its summer programming:
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