Navigating COVID-19 Conversations with Your Family

When life hands us COVID-19, we’re supposed to make lemonade, right? Growing up, I remember when Y2K was the thing. At the time, everyone thought computers would shut down, so my parents stocked up on toilet paper, canned food, and water. I remember feeling scared and really confused about what was happening. My parents did…

YWCA Young Wonders Needs Your Help!

More than 600 children annually are served through YWCA Young Wonders Early Learning and Youth Development. In order to continue reaching and expand access for all children, YWCA needs the community’s help to steer success in purchasing two new buses for YWCA Young Wonders. YWCA Transportation serves children from all corners of our community–east to…

YWCA Young Wonders Kitchen is Open!

YWCA Young Wonders celebrated the completion of their commercial kitchen upgrade with a ribbon-cutting and public open house on October 18, 2019. In 2018 YWCA was awarded a $20,511 grant from the Lowe’s Gives Foundation to improve nutrition and classroom experiences for students who attend Young Wonders. YWCA Young Wonders serves students six weeks to…

Poverty Simulation

Norene Ball continues to make an impact in McLean County through her legacy. Recently, she was awarded the inaugural Inclusion award given by the McLean County League of Women Voters.

Lights on Afterschool is Thursday, October 25! Join Us!

I remember watching my classroom clock wind down at the end of the school day dreading each tick pass by. My mom would take a late lunch break to drive us home from school and drop us off. She would then head back to work for the last two hours of her shift. My sister…

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,…