Young Wonders Before And After School (2022-2023)

We are pleased to offer childcare for before and after school times with the option for full-day care when schools are closed. We are licensed by DCFS and accredited by the ExceleRate Illinois program, holding a Bronze Circle of Quality.

Program Includes:

  • Small classroom sizes!
  • Social/Emotional learning
  • H.E.A.L. learning sponsored by the John M. Scott Foundation
  • Recreation and games
  • Arts and crafts
  • Reading and music
  • Homework time (including tutoring)
  • Free time
  • Hot, catered lunches on full days
  • Light breakfast and afternoon snack every day
  • YWCA mission curriculum
  • Safe and comfortable environment
  • Qualified and caring teachers
Ages Served

Kindergarten - 12 years


District 87 Schools:

Before-school care: 6:30am-9am
After-school care: 3:15pm-5:30pm

Unit 5 Schools:

After-school care care only: 2:30pm-5:30pm
Fox creek
Colene Hoose - Special Needs After School Program (More info)


Hershey Location:
6am to 6pm, Monday through Friday

Children must be picked up by each locations end time, or late fees will be charged by the minute.


Please click one of the buttons below to register or call Heather at (309) 662-7826 ext. 256.
Bus transportation is available for $15 weekly.
There must be at least 5 children on any bus route before bus transportation can be approved.

"I don’t know what I would
have done without YWCA."


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Providing Relief and Support in Troubling Times

COVID-19 disrupted the lives of Tim, age 9, and his mom, Anne. Tim and Anne were suddenly at home–no school, laid off from work, and no regular schedule. They were also without a computer for Tim to complete his eLearning assignments. Stress and anxiety were quickly mounting.

Anne was relieved when her boss called her back to work, but with only 24 hours to make arrangements for Tim, who struggles with anxiety and needs supportive care, her panic began to set in again.

Luckily, Anne found YWCA Young Wonders. Staff were able to answer all of her questions and get Tim set-up in a classroom in time for her to return to work. Young Wonders was able to supply Tim with caring and experienced teachers to help him adjust and also provided a laptop to keep him connected with his grade school teachers to keep him on track academically.

Anne is now back to work worry-free and Tim is thriving in the care provided by YWCA Young Wonders.

Tuition Rates
Current rates are $25/day for everyone. If you need financial assistance, including scholarships, please email the Director of Finance.

Registration: $60.00

Before AND/OR After: $25.00 per day

Full/Non-School Days: $40.00 per day

Transportation: $15.00 per week


We also accept child care coverage from CCRRN, DCFS and Child Care Aware

For more information:



Child Care Aware:

If you are currently have an open case with CCRRN or DCFS, please let us know when registering so we can help you transfer your case to our center. For currently enrolled families we do offer Scholarships, if interested please our billing and enrollment coordinator or childcare front desk for an application.




YWCA offers a 10 percent discount to the following organizations/groups:
  • Any military branch (active duty or retired)
  • AFNI
  • Carle BroMenn
  • Heritage Health
  • Illinois State University
  • Moms of Multiples
  • Rivian
  • State Farm
  • OSF HealthCare
  • Westminster Village

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

Coverage is provided all year except for YWCA holiday closures.
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.

Contact Us

Niayr Maines
Young Wonders, Director
(309) 662-7826, ext. 292
Dianna Jacobs
Young Wonders, Early Learning Program Specialist
(309) 662-7826, ext. 281
Diana Bender
Young Wonders Youth Development, Director
(309) 662-7826, ext. 273
Brandon Taylor
Young Wonders Youth Development, Asst. Director
(309) 662-7826, ext. 273
Heather Brackney
Young Wonders, Billing and Enrollment Coordinator
(309) 662-7826, ext. 256
General Childcare Mailbox