Enthusiastic and caring teachers Emily Engongorno (aka Miss Emily) and Allison Ball (aka Miss Allison) are familiar faces at YWCA Darien/Norwalk Toddler Time and will work together as co-teachers for the first time this school year.

Engongorno, a seasoned veteran with eight years of teaching 2-year-olds at Toddler Time, resides in Westport, the town where she was born. Ball is a Darien native and current Darien resident with three years of Toddler Time teaching experience.

The pair are creative, fun-loving, nurturing teachers who are mothers of school-age children themselves. Both teachers have been certified in first aid and CPR.

"Emily and Allison are a dynamic duo and we're thrilled they will be teaching together this year," said Ellen Kirby, program director at the YWCA Darien/Norwalk.

Mothers of two year-olds that are in the program speak highly of it.

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"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," Sarah Licari said.

Nicole Burkhardt's daughter speaks highly of the teachers, mentioning that "she 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 open to children born from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2009. The program begins in September, and meets for a full school year, until May 2012. Children who are registered for the program 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 both members and non-members of the YWCA Darien/Norwalk.

The program consists of free-play, story and music time, an art project and snack in a caring, nurturing setting. Children will learn new songs, create fun works of art and make lots of new friends in a class of up to eight students. 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 the Sept. through May school year. To inquire about the program or 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 at www.ywcadariennorwalk.org.

The YWCA Darien/Norwalk is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Its local vision is to give women the support and tools they need to transform their lives, be confident in their choices and raise healthy families.