We Create Real Change

The YWCA has been empowering women in Northern Illinois since 1891. Our mission-driven services continue to evolve to meet the needs of women, children and families in Rockford and the counties of Boone, Winnebago, Stephenson, and Jo Daviess.

Build your own family child care business

Attend a free informational meeting to learn more about licensing and Child Care Solutions resources.

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Looking for child care?

Let our Referral Specialist help you find quality child care to suit your family’s needs.

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Become a YWCA member

Join these Board Members, women leaders, and YWCA Members. Become a member today.

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It takes you

Become part of the national movement for women, girls and communities across the country.

Upcoming Events

Tue 12

What is CCAP?

December 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join this informative session to become more familiar with the procedures, including the application process, provider qualifications, the payment process, and parent co-payments. The Child Care Assistance Program funded by the IL Department of Human Services. This training meets CCAP Health and Safety requirements. Click Here to Register

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Tue 12

ECE Credential Level 1 Module 8d: Preschool Cognitive Development

December 12 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

In this final session of preschool development, you will dive deeper into how preschoolers learn and identify tips for making learning fun. With suggestions for activities that encourage your preschoolers to explore numbers, shapes, colors, and science, this class gives all the information you need to grow and stretch the ability of children to think…

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Thu 14

ECE Credential Level 1 Module 9: School-Age Development

December 14 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Completing the important section on child development, this class looks at school-age children to uncover how their learning and growth differs. With tips on how to better care for school-aged youth, this class also offers you guidance on how to set rules and limits and to get your school-aged children to appreciate safety and respect.…

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Tue 19


December 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Providers of Children 0-3 Children come into our programs with many strengths and different styles of learning. As a caregiver, it is important to understand how to meet the learning needs of our students so they all can succeed. In this training, we will learn about temperament research in order to best meet the needs…

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Thu 21

No Screen Time – Infants/Toddlers

December 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Providers of Children 0-3 Infants and toddlers use their senses to explore the world around them. Research tells us that children learn best through hands on experiences and interactions. The use of TV, video, tablets, and computers are not required for learning at this age. In this training you will learn different ways to encourage…

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