Order coffee to support YWCA!

We have a new partner! Fresh Horizons Coffee Company was founded with a commitment to give back to the community. For every online sale of Fresh Horizons Coffee products, YWCA Northwestern Illinois will receive a percentage of the profit. Not a coffee drinker? No problem; they have hot chocolate as well! Online sales must be completed…

Childhood Interactions

Interactions build relationships through interrelating and growth. Children learn by being with others. Children learn by being involved in making choices and decisions, and by feeling in control. Learning is enjoyable and rewarding for them when they challenge themselves. When they use and build on their existing knowledge, understanding, and skills, they enjoy learning. Children…

Reading to Children Matters

Our first encounter with reading is probably when we were read to from story books as children; remember those bedtime stories? We then begin learning the alphabet, basic math, fun and fascinating facts about animals, plants and the universe. We ask ‘whys’ and ‘how’s’. In books, we find their answers. Textbooks accompany us all through…

Being Your Best YOU

Self-Care and Provider Burn Out   What does the best version of you look like?  Are you exhausted, irritable, or have a lack of motivation? When working in the early childhood field, it is not uncommon to see providers suffering from burnout and experiencing the above symptoms. Many childcare providers work long hours independently and…

Giving Tuesday 2020

On December 1, 2020, the YWCA Northwestern Illinois will proudly participate in #GivingTuesday. This global day of giving invites individuals like you to celebrate the holiday season by giving back and creating change in your community and world. Together, we will work toward eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for…

Learning Through Play

Play is more than you think! Play gives a child the opportunity, time, and space to foster many important life skills. Engaging in play allows a child to explore different interests, passions, and talents. Play is a wonderful educational tool that helps prepare them for life experiences. Caregivers and parents can also use play to…