YWCA Announces New Young Wonders Name for Child Care Programming!


YWCA McLean County has announced a new comprehensive name for its child care services: Young Wonders: Early Learning & Youth Development. This name will replace and eliminate the currently recognized term “Hershey Child Care.” YWCA Young Wonders: Early Learning & Youth Development encapsulates the learning that occurs in the classroom as well as spans the ages of children YWCA has the pleasure of serving. Young Wonders embraces the YWCA mission of early education and continued development of children. This name lends itself to all age groups present in YWCA child care services (ages 6 weeks to 12 years), as well as all programs created and supported by child care services. Young Wonders aims to encompass an international vision for promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all through all inclusive child care programming.

“Young Wonders aims to actively engage children and families in the mission of YWCA by providing all children the opportunity to learn from one another and take part in valuable academic and life experiences,” states Liz German, YWCA Child Care Director.

YWCA McLean County will host a summer showcase open house event featuring Young Wonders programs on Thursday, July 25th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at 1201 N. Hershey Rd. in Bloomington. The Summer Showcase will feature musical performances directed by YWCA Teacher Matt Skibo. Performances will include songs performed by summer campers ages K – 5th grade as well as preschool students. Karate demonstrations, instructed by Assistant Director, Melissa Breeden, will also take place on the YWCA grounds. All families are welcomed to join YWCA for this open house event featuring a fun bounce house, children’s face painting, balloon animals and delicious popcorn and hotdogs. Classrooms will be open from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. for parents to view, tour and meet with YWCA teachers. Each classroom will showcase diversity artwork prepared by our students and summer campers. 


YWCA McLean County Young Wonders is a NAEYC (National Association of Education of Young Children) accredited and DCFS licensed child care center that celebrates and encourages diversity. YWCA is also rated a QRS Star Level 3 and utilizes the Creative Curriculum© in the classroom.

YWCA offers a wide variety of programs and services ranging from part-time preschool, full time infant, toddler and preschool, before and after school programming, summer camp and periodic babysitting clinics. Young Wonders will continue to provide the premier services and partnerships already established including volunteer book buddies and Smart Sprouts mentors, Girls in the Game activity coordinators and Jump Start college tutors.

For more information or to enroll your child in YWCA Young Wonders programming, please contact Frances Molina, Child Care Administrative Support Specialist, at (309) 662-7826 or childcarecustomerservice@ywcamclean.org or visit YWCA on the web at www.ywcamclean.org.

To learn more about Young Wonders, check out the below article from the Pantagraph:

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