On September 1st, YWCA Princeton will transfer its sponsorship of the Hamilton Child Development Center (CDC) to the First Presbyterian Church of Hamilton Square. The Hamilton CDC provided child care to preschool-age children for 46 years out of the First Presbyterian Church so the transition is seamless.
The decision was ultimately in the best interest and mission advancement of YWCA Princeton. Established in 1972, the Hamilton CDC offered working mothers a safe environment to look after their children while they were at work. Over time, the Hamilton CDC expanded its hours as more working families needed child care. Hamilton CDC also had a rich history of traditional values and character development, along with a nurturing family environment. Under the leadership of its director, Liza Zauner, children enrolled in the program were engaged in hands-on learning activities that incorporated science, math, and social studies.
“For over 40 years, YWCA has provided affordable child care to families in Mercer County. The First Presbyterian Church of Hamilton Square has become synonymous with child care and we are proud that they will be taking on our program. They have shared our rich history and are committed to early childhood education,” stated Judy Hutton, chief executive officer of YWCA Princeton. “We want to express our deep gratitude to the dedicated staff of Hamilton CDC for everything they have done over the course of 46 years to educate preschoolers. YWCA Princeton and its Board of Directors would also like to recognize the commitment of Liza Zauner, director, who has given us 42 years of service.”
YWCA Princeton will continue to provide child care in its Princeton Young Wonders Child Development Center to infants and preschoolers. YWCA Princeton has a mission to eliminate racism and empower women and advances this through programs such as child care, English as a Second Language, STEM/robotics education for girls in grades 4-12, job readiness for Trenton women, and support for breast cancer patients and survivors.