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Reading, Writing & Arithmetic! Our Children's Learning Center has openings for Toddlers and Preschoolers this Fall.

Start your child on the pathway to school success at the YWCA's early education programs. Classroom activities include early literacy, math and science. Specials include nature, lanuguage, gymnastics, swimming and other sports and meditation activities.

Call for information and to set up a tour.
(914) 949-6227 x142 or


NEW! Senior Learn-to-Swim Class at the YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester

The YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester offers a swim class specifically designed for senior citizens.

Who: Seniors (ages 65 and over)
Why? Overcome your fears of water, stay healthy and keep active, set goals, and learn in a supportive environment.

Our six-lane heated pool is twenty-five yards long. Students learn how to swim in the shallow sections of the pool with our American Red Cross Certified aquatics instructors. We are dedicated to teaching water safety and skills to seniors. Instructors work with swimmers at all levels to accomplish individual goals. This senior beginner swim class is designed to help participants gain basic aquatics skills and swimming strokes, including the front crawl, breaststroke and elementary backstroke.

Sign up today! Questions? Learn more about the program, classes, and schedule by calling the Aquatics Office, at (914) 949-6227 ext. 152 or e-mail


Swim Safety: 5 Tips on Keeping Children Safe Around the Water

Summer is just around the corner and picnics, pool parties and beach vacations are just a few of the activities families will participate in.” Injuries aren’t the first thing on parents’ minds when their families are having a great time by the pool or beach.

“We need to ensure our children are safe around water,” states Roxanne Skeene, Aquatics Director at the YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester. 

Read about our 5 Preventive tips for parents and children around water here.


Renovation News and Infrastructure Improvements

YWCA will be embarking on several major capital improvements in the coming months. These projects are aimed overall at improving efficiencies in our building systems and therefore, creating a more “green” environment at the North Street building. Upgrade of public spaces and general building enhancements are also part of this improvement program.

All work is being planned with minimal impact on YWCA operations; however we may adopt temporary changes to parking, registration and egress patterns in order to manage some of the work.

Please be assured that our construction management team will be monitoring all work and is arranging these capital improvements to ensure that we may continue to provide our regularly scheduled programs and activities during the renovation. To read more and for specific questions, click here.



Inspirational Story of a Strong and Independent Woman at the YWCA

At the age of 98, Irene is independent, strong-willed and self-driven - literally and figuratively. Irene drives herself to the YWCA nearly every day to swim her laps. She has been a YWCA member for over 50 years.

Having been retired for only 15 years, Irene is still extremely active within the community. She energetically volunteers as a reading specialist teaching parents the importance of reading to their children. Irene’s philosophy when it comes to her diet is "Eat to live."

Read about her incredible story here.



July 2013:   Statement from YWCA CEO Maria L. Imperial

For over 150 years, the YWCA, an international movement, has been dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. We closely followed the Zimmerman/Martin case and whether or not you agree with the verdict, we can all agree that the death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy -- not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America.   Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron, CEO YWCA-USA, recently noted that in spite of the tremendous work that has been done by iconic organizations such as the YWCA, racism still impacts our society in detrimental and divisive ways.

As a nation, we must ask ourselves if we are doing all we can to undo racism, on all levels - individually, socially, and institutionally. We at the YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester believe that the case should be seen as an opportunity not to be missed of opening up meaningful dialogue around the issues of race and racism.  Each year, the YWCA sponsors a Stand Against Racism to raise awareness that racism still exists.  But this acknowledgment needs to be more than an annual event – it is a daily commitment that involves individual and community soul-searching and action.   As an organization with a strong history of advocacy for equality in all social and political contexts, the YWCA remains committed to fulfilling our legacy of social justice for all.

Strong Alone.  Fearless Together.
Maria L. Imperial

May 2013: YWCA Encore Plus program recognized as Grantee of the Year by  Susan G. Komen Greater New York City at the organization’s annual Keeping the Promise: The Grantee’s Luncheon on May 14, 2013. Encore Plus provides health education services, supporting un- and under-insured women with information and referrals for breast cancer screening. See press release for more information.

The Women’s Equality Agenda is the most important legislation facing women in New York State since the suffrage movement.  From equal pay to ending pregnancy discrimination, this 10-point plan will bridge gaps to help achieve gender equality. Sign on to add your voice to this movement.

June 2012 YWCA Residence - $25 Million Green Renovation Completed! Watch this photo essay from Westfair Communications.

December 2011: Senator Gillibrand’s  Economic-Empowerment Roundtable for Women Video. Over 60 women from our community met with the Senator to discuss how women can be a real and strong force to lead America into economic prosperity. Read more here.