Young Wonders Early Learning and Youth Development

YWCA McLean County is proud to be NAEYC accredited. NAEYC Accreditation of programs for young children represents the mark of quality in early childhood education. NAEYC Accreditation began in 1985, with the goal of providing an accrediting system that would raise the level of early childhood programs. NAEYC accredited programs invest in early childhood education because they believe in the benefits to children and families. 

Early childhood experiences from birth to age 8 have an enormous impact on children’s lifelong learning and positively contribute to their health and development. Early childhood education programs with the mark of quality benefit children with greater readiness for and success in school.

Year-round childcare is provided at YWCA on 1201 North Hershey Road, Bloomington. YWCA full-time childcare designs activities to nurture the children’s intellectual, social, and emotional development. Children learn through play activities and centers, using The Creative Curriculum®. All programs are licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). All ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds are welcome.

YWCA offers child care for before or after school times with the option for full-day care when schools are closed. Convenience for the parents and activities for the children are key to YWCA school-age programs. Children have many fun choices including recreation and games, arts and crafts, reading, music, and homework time. They also have "free time” to pursue their own interests in a safe and comfortable environment. We also have an after-school classroom for children with special needs.

 

Children fill their summer with fun at YWCA with activities that include science, arts and crafts, cooking projects, games and physical activities, weekly field trips, and swimming. Join us for the summer!

Discounts!

YWCA offers a 10% discount to the following organizations/groups:
  • AFNI
  • COUNTRY
  • Military - active duty, retired, reserves
  • Moms of Multiples
  • State Farm
  • OSF Health Care
  • Westminster Village

To receive the discount, a qualified member must live in the household with the child, identification will be required at registration.

Contact Us

Melissa Breeden
Senior Director, Young Wonders
(309) 662-7826, ext. 255
mbreeden@ywcamclean.org
Nathina Williams
Director of Early Learning
(309) 662-7826, ext. 292

 

Rita Poore
Director of Youth Development
(309) 662-7826, ext. 274

 

The Child Care Resource and Referral Network administers the Department of Human Services Child Care Assistance Program. The child care assistance program serves all working families with incomes that meet the income guidelines and/or that are in an approved education or training program. Families can get help paying for child care services if a child (children) is under age 13.

For assistance, please contact the Child Resource & Referral Network at 207 W. Jefferson St. Suite 301, Bloomington, IL 61701 or (309) 828-1892.