The YWCA is currently accepting registration for a variety of classes such as American Red Cross swim lessons, nursery school, after-school programs, TOEFL, bookclubs, and much more.

“We are especially thrilled with our fall offerings this year,” announced Tara O’Shea, director of programs at YWCA Princeton. “Based on the feedback of our members, they have been very pleased with our classes and passionate instructors. With a wide range of programming for those just a few months old to senior citizens, there truly is something for everyone,” adds O’Shea.

Registration can be done online at for most classes. Other options include by phone at 609-497-2100, ext. 0, by fax at 609-924-8644, or in person at 59 Paul Robeson Place in Princeton. There are no residential requirements to take classes and virtually every class is open to men and women. A complete listing of the classes can be downloaded from the website.

Parents seeking a nurturing environment for their children either before or after school can enroll them in the YWCA’s after school program (ASP). The program is offered in Princeton and Lawrence Township schools and provides care and activities during the regular school days, early dismissals, most full days, and winter and spring break. In Princeton ASP is available at Community Park, Johnson Park, and Riverside. In Lawrence ASP is available at Ben Franklin, Eldridge Park, Slackwood Elementary, Lawrence Intermediate, and Lawrenceville Elementary. Full time, part time, and day passes are available at most schools.

The nursery school at YWCA Princeton has a few spots remaining for children ages 2.5 to 6 years for the 2014-’15 school year. This NJ-licensed preschool offers students a variety of activities that engage their minds and prepare them for success in kindergarten and beyond. Students may also take advantage of other YWCA offerings such as swimming and dancing for an additional cost. A unique dance and swim combo class is also offered to children ages 4 to 5.5 and is extremely popular with parents as well as the kids.

The Aquatics department is offering more than 100 classes for ages 4 months through seniors. Beginner and advanced American Red Cross classes are offered for ages 6 to 15. For adults beginner swim classes and water exercise classes such as aqua dynamics and arthritis and rehabilitation are extremely popular. Dip tickets are also offered for individuals and families. “Our dip tickets are one of the most affordable in the area for a pool of this size. Discounts are available for those under 17, college students, and seniors,” says Wendy Trockenbrod, YWCA Princeton’s aquatics director. For residents of West Windsor and Plainsboro, YWCA Princeton aquatics programs are offered at the West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North pool.

For those looking to improve their English language skills, the English as a Second Language (ESL) department offers more than 40 classes ranging from American business culture to TOEFL preparation. Free GED preparation citizenship preparation classes are also conducted. Curriculum is intended to encourage an “immersion-type” atmosphere in which students can practice their English skills beyond the classroom. Specialized conversation, reading, grammar, and listening classes are designed to help students succeed in life and on the job.

The YWCA Princeton’s martial arts program is very solid and continues to attract more students each year. “We offer four kinds of martial arts programs — Aikido, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, and Taekwondo. Family classes are available where parents can train with their children,” explains O’Shea.

The newcomers and friends is a YWCA Princeton group helps those who have moved to the area and those experiencing a life transition get acquainted with the area, engage in activities, and build life-long friendships. There are more than 30 interest groups that appeal to every person, and the most attractive feature of this group is the diversity of its members. For those who would like to learn more, a general board meeting and new member sign-up is scheduled for Friday, September 12, from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. at YWCA Princeton. More information is available at

Fall class registration is now open at the YWCA Princeton with most classes beginning Thursday, September 4. Registration can be done online at or by calling 609-497-2100 ext. 0.

YWCA Princeton, 59 Paul Robeson Place, Princeton. 609-497-2100.

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