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,…

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!

Young Wonders Musical Performance

Led by YWCA Teacher Matt Skibo, our Young Wonders performed several songs for everyone! Enjoy our student’s version of Frère Jacques!

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…