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.

Full-Time and Part-Time Childcare

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) All ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds are welcome.

Before and After School Care

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.

Young Wonders Summer Camp

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!

Employer Discounts

YWCA McLean County Young Wonders offers a 10% discount to the following organizations/groups:
• Carle BroMenn
• Heritage Operations Group
• Military - active duty, retired, reserves
• Mothers of Multiples
• Rivian Automotive
• 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.

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Development Focused

We know the most important years of a child’s development take place from birth to age five and we take pride in meeting the developmental needs of the children enrolled in our program. We know their success at this age will follow them throughout their lives. We ensure success by collaborating with parents to create individual child plans as needed and by linking parents with resources that can help support the child both at home and school.

Contact Us:

Diana Bender
Director, Young Wonders
(309) 662-7826, ext. 273
Brandon Taylor
Program Coordinator
(309) 662-7826, ext. 288
Kevin Sanders
Youth Development Coordinator
(309) 662-7826
Heather Brackney
Billing and Enrollment Coordinator
(309) 662-7826, ext. 256
Front Desk Customer Service
(309) 662-7826

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.