DARIEN, Conn. Emily Engongorno, also known as Miss Emily, and Allison Ball, aka Miss Allison, are familiar faces at YWCA Darien/Norwalk Toddler Time. They will be working together as co-teachers for the first time this year.
"Emily and Allison are a dynamic duo, and we're thrilled they will be teaching together this year," says Ellen Kirby, program director at the YWCA Darien/Norwalk .
Westport resident Engongorno has been teaching 2-year-olds at Toddler Time for eight years. Ball is a Darien native and resident with three years of Toddler Time teaching experience. Both are mothers of school-age children.
Mothers of 2-year-olds who are in the program praise it. "My daughter always had trouble leaving me until she went to Toddler Time. Now she waits excitedly at the door on the day she has school," said Sarah Licari. Nicole Burkhardt's daughter "loves to talk about her friends at school but talks about Miss Allison and Miss Emily the most."
Toddler Time is a drop-off enrichment program beginning in September that meets for the full school year. Children attend one morning a week for two hours. Many of the children are registered for another preschool program as well. The program is open to members and non-members of the YWCA Darien/Norwalk.
The program consists of free play, story and music time, an art project and snacks. Classes are held at the YWCA Darien/Norwalk office at 49 Old Kings Highway North in Darien. The program follows the Darien Public School calendar for most holidays.
Space is still available for fall. Fore more information or to register, call the YWCA Darien/Norwalk office at 203-655-2535. Registration forms and additional information are also available at the YWCA Darien/Norwalk website.
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