Westville Community Nursery School Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement

Westville Community Nursery School Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement 

Dedicated to Maintaining and Enhancing Nearly 50 Years of Learn-to-Play and Play-to-Learn Preschool for Families of AllEthnic, Religious and Socio-economic Backgrounds

Westville Community Nursery School (WCNS) has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide—and an initiative recognized and supported by New Haven Mayor Tony Harp.

The WCNS #GivingTuesday campaign asks student and alumni families, the greater New Haven community, and generous friends across the state and country to consider donating—in any amount—to our non-profit, non-sectarian school.

Specifically, the WCNS #GivingTuesday campaign is geared toward generating community financial support for:

· Maintaining and enhancing our “learning through play” program, which is accredited by the National Associating for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

· Complementing the school’s funding of School Readiness tuition to make School Readiness classroom seats as affordable as possible to a families of all socio-economic backgrounds.

· Continuous development of our school’s “emergent curriculum,” whereby children’s ideas and interests are the primary guide for our curriculum planning.

· Maintaining WCNS as a learning institution for aspiring educators through practicums and other opportunities.

· Covering the costs of our recent relocation and our constant efforts to improve our indoor and outdoor facilities.

Occurring this year on November 28, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

“For nearly fifty years WCNS has been serving the Greater New Haven area’s young children by providing a developmentally appropriate curriculum that enhances self-esteem, promotes problem-solving skills, and fosters growth,” said Keith Wallman, member of the WCNS Board of Directors. “We’d love community support on #GivingTuesday to continue and enhance what we offer to families of all backgrounds.”

92Y − a cultural center in New York City since 1874 − conceptualized #GivingTuesday as a new way of linking individuals and causes to strengthen communities and encourage giving. In 2016, the fifth year of #GivingTuesday, millions of people in 98 countries came together to give back and support the causes they believe in. Over $177 million was raised online to benefit a tremendously broad range of organizations, and much more was given in volunteer hours, donations of food and clothing, and acts of kindness.

“We have been incredibly inspired by the generosity in time, efforts and ideas that have brought our concept for a worldwide movement into reality,” said Henry Timms, founder of #GivingTuesday and executive director of 92Y. “As we embark on our sixth year of #GivingTuesday, we are encouraged by the early response from partners eager to continue making an impact in this global conversation.”

Those who are interested in supporting Westville Community Nursery School’s #GivingTuesday fundraising initiative can visit wcnsplay2learn.org/support-wcns or send a check payable to “WCNS” to Westville Community Nursery School, 3 Tour Avenue, New Haven, CT 06515. Funds will cover the operating costs of the school and support the unique mission of a school that has been a leader in three-and-four-year-old child development since 1971.

For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on social media. 

About Westville Community Nursery School

Founded in 1971, WCNS has been an integral part of New Haven’s Westville community for nearly five decades, educating generations of children with a “learn through play” philosophy. WCNS is a not-for-profit preschool accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

To learn more about WCNS, please visit:

Website: http://www.wcnsplay2learn.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WCNSinc/

About #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world. This year, #GivingTuesday falls on November 28. #GivingTuesday harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners to transform how people think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season. It inspires people to take collective action to improve their communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they believe in, and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday demonstrates how every act of generosity counts, and that they mean even more when we give together.

To learn more about #GivingTuesday participants and activities or to join the celebration of giving, please visit:

Website: www.givingtuesday.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday

Twitter: twitter.com/GivingTues

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