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…

Technology in Early Childhood

In one simple activity a child care provider can accomplish goals related to technology use, language development, and social skills. For many the debate over whether to use, or not to use technology as a way of teaching, puts some educators on edge. Here are a few ideas that may give some insight on technology…

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…

YWCA and the Rockford Housing Authority

Getting the Word out The YWCA Northwestern Illinois continues to build partnerships throughout the community. Every month we attend “New Resident Move-in orientations” for the Rockford Housing Authority.  Childcare is a huge need for our area so we jumped at the chance to be a part of this program.  The YWCA believes that building partnerships…

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…

Why do Toddlers Bite?

Biting is very common with toddlers.  There is a lot that can be done to reduce and, ultimately, eliminate biting.  However, labeling a child a biter can intensify biting behavior rather than making it stop.   Here are some ways to reduce biting: As you watch the child, begin to anticipate when a bite might happen. …

Building a Better Business!!

Building a Business Plan to Build Your Business Better!   Most providers go into the Child Care business, not because of their educational background and experience with owning a small business, but because they love working with children. With research, reaching out to providers, and using resources, providers become successful as a small business owner,…

Meet the Merchant: TSG Designs

Wine, Women, and Purses 2016 is this Thursday, Oct. 6th!! We cannot wait to see you there! Remember today (10/3/16) is your last day to make an online reservation so don’t miss out! We would like to introduce you to one of our marvelous merchants, TSG Designs. Please take a few minutes and get to…