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Babies and Bagels at Scarsdale Temple

SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- Beth Keyser of Scarsdale and her 21-month-old son Reid were among the Scarsdale residents and caregivers who attended a” Babies and Bagels Free Summertime Playgroup” at the Westchester Reform Temple this week.

“I heard about this program from a friend and I am sending my son here for the 2’s program in the fall, and I figured that by bringing him here, he would get used to being around other children. This way he gets used to being in a classroom setting and he gets to play with new toys and make new friends.  We both have met new friends here.”

The program just started this summer and has been very successful said Sue Tolchin, the Director of Early Childhood Center at the temple.

“We started this program as a free class to people in the community as a way to bring people together, and for people to meet new families as well as find a connection to one another in the community. This is especially great if they are new to the community. This group will continue in the fall once a week, since it has been very successful.  This group is for infants to 2 years old.”

Anna Stampfi, Coordinator of Babies and Bagels, is a parent whose children have gone through the WRT Early Childhood Center and is familiar with what WRT promotes.

“The kids love it. For infants it is a place for them to see other children and to socialize, for the parents, it is an opportunity to socialize and meet other parents. In this economy, we are an institution that has something to offer at no cost.” said Stampfi.

Parents and children keep coming back.

“The program starts off with art projects based upon the age level of the children, then Stampfi (whose talent is music) will then play the violin and she incorporates movement with the music, then snack time.

The parents appreciate the organized activities because it gives them time to socialize too. After snack time is free play and the children can play with whatever toys that they want to.” says Stampfi.

Amy Wolff, brought her daughter Emma, 1, here after seeing a flyer about the program. I feel that it is a way for Emma to socialize, since she is very shy. I think this program has helped her overcome her shyness and make new friends.

“It is also nice to have other moms to talk to. We will continue to come here.”

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