To the World You May Be One Person….

As a contributing “blogger”, my assigned focus is to promote upcoming trainings/workshops that YWCA Northwestern Illinois Child Care Solutions offer. All of our trainings/workshops should result in improving the quality of care. I felt this blog was appropriate to remind child care providers that the quality of care they provide should leave a positive impact…

Safety Recalls

How do you know if items in your home, classroom, and playground are safe? As a mom of two little girls, we have a lot of different items in our home. Generally, new items come with instructions and registration cards. These registration cards are intended to inform a consumer of recalls, but how often are…

Providers Can Benefit From Sharing Too

“I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort, where we overlap.” –Ani DiFranco As consultants at the YWCA, our job is more than just telling providers about ExceleRate, although I’m sure we’ve created that label for ourselves! Through our observations, it has been reinforced that a positive and…

Dressing for Success

My older son attended a charter school for kindergarten last year that incorporated a dress code with specific parameters. The children were expected to meet a minimum standard in their attire and were encouraged to “dress for success” by making sure that their clothes were clean, shirts were tucked in and that belts were worn…

Keeping Fun Activities Safe

Both children and adults enjoy creative art activities. When engaging in an art activity, there are a few guidelines to keep in mind to insure the fun you are experiencing is also safe. First, art supplies can contain toxic ingredients that pose a risk to the person using the materials. For example, lead, asbestos, and…

How to Find a Curriculum that Works for Your Program

“To ensure that young children’s experiences are developmentally appropriate, programs are expected to incorporate a comprehensive curriculum and child assessment system that are aligned with the Illinois Early Learning Guidelines for Birth to Three and Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards for Age Three to Five.” –ExceleRate Illinois Curriculum—it might not roll off your tongue…