Dear New Moms

My name is Melissa Breeden and I am the Director of Early Learning at YWCA McLean County. I have been with YWCA for six years as an employee in various capacities, and am proud to be in my current role as a director. I am happy to report we are meeting the needs of new…

#GivingTuesday

As we all know, the financial burden of supporting a family is heavy for two parents. Now let’s put all of that responsibility onto one. Child care cost in Illinois average around $9,000 a year, which is 48 percent of a single mom’s income! Being a single mom and paying for rent, utilities, groceries, car payment,…

Top 5 Things to do at Home on Spring Break

I’m sure thinking about being at home for a whole week with your kids over Spring Break is a little overwhelming for some, given how many days this winter we’ve already been stuck inside! These are some fun; FREE things to do at home that will make Spring Break a little more exciting! Countdown chain…

We Got Game

A year ago, I attempted to explain a loss after a basketball game with my students, who for one night also became a basketball team. I used the usual clichés that any first time coach, who in addition happened to be a before-and-after school teacher, might offer given the circumstance. Yet, despite coming up short,…

McKid’s Day! Happy Meal Proceeds to YWCA!

It’s a crowd at McKid’s Day! Join YWCA McLean County at the McDonald’s on Oakland Ave. before 6pm! A portion of the happy meal proceeds come directly back to YWCA!

Beating the Heat at Miller Park

Our Bumble Bees classroom had a blast at the Miller Park water park! Check out our smiling toddlers playing in the water!

Smart Sprouts: Starting out Smart

By: Julie Navickas, Director of Marketing & Public Relations  It’s the “ah-ha” moments that keeps Smart Sprouts mentor, Abbey Turner coming back to YWCA McLean County each week. Abbey and mentee, Dakota, have formed a fun, yet educational relationship. “I love seeing the ‘ah-ha’ moment on Dakota’s face when she recognizes a sight word we’ve…

A Summer Adventure Through Time

YWCA’s summer campers have been enjoying their race through time! We’ve explored Weldon Springs, visited Funks Grove Nature Preserve, fished at Miller Park and much more! Check out some of our fun memories so far! Archery lessons in the gym!  Welcomed YWCA’s new President & CEO, Dontae Latson, with fun diversity artwork!   Karate lessons…

A Race Through Time….Ancient Egypt!

Our summer campers are experiencing a race through time this summer! This week is ancient Egypt! Check out our creative classroom decor! Our Caterpillars classroom was the grand prize winner. They will be the recipients of a tasty ICE CREAM PARTY on Friday! Congrats Caterpillars! Stay tuned for Ancient Greece in July!

Girls in the Game Promotes Fun, Fitness for Kids!

Check out this great Pantagraph article from 5/8/2013! YWCA McLean County is proud of our partnership with Girls in the Game! BLOOMINGTON — Under a sunny sky, the team took the field, the players lined up and the ball was snapped. It wasn’t a typical high school football game, but the third-, fourth- and fifth-grade…

Former Student Letter to Ms. Dayani

Our YWCA Child Care Teachers really are special people! What a wonderful note our Butterflies Teacher, Ms. Dayani just received from a former student!