#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,…

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…

Making the Transition to Kindergarten

By:  Liz German, Director of Child Care, YWCA McLean County Once you have decided that your child is ready for Kindergarten, it is important to prepare them for the transition. Gone are the days where Kindergarten is a loosely structured play and nap time routine. It once was enough to count to 100 and be…

Whole Healthy Food, Whole Healthy Children

By: Emily Koller, YWCA McLean County Intern & Before & After School Teacher  “What we feed our children, and what we teach them about food shapes how they learn, how they grow, and how long they live. All children deserve knowledge of what healthy food is, engagement with fresh fruits and vegetables and access to…

The Week of the Young Child

During the week of April 15 – 19, YWCA McLean County recognized our NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) accreditation by celebrating the Week of the Young Child. The purpose of the Week of the Young Child is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the…