YWCA Metropolitan Chicago believes that all children deserve quality care. High quality early education programs improve children’s developmental outcomes. Recently the spotlight has been on the importance of the early years and the public is demanding more from early childhood professionals and their programs.

The Quality & Training team is committed to partnering with early childhood professionals like you that have dedicated themselves to helping children learn, grow, and develop to their full potential and to help parents, families, and communities build strong educational programs. We offer a variety of services specifically designed to support early childhood professionals and help them provide the highest quality of care for children in our communities.

Continuing Education

A diverse selection of trainings covering topics such as child development, positive guidance, curriculum planning, ExceleRate IL, cultural sensitivity, special needs, and business practices.

Current Training Calendar (West Suburban)
How to Print Membership Card
Where to Find Trainings
Health & Safety Notice
Entrenamientos de Salud, Seguridad y Del Desarrollo del Niño

Quality Child Care Consultant Services

Specialized staff available to provide training, consultation, and FREE site visits.

ExceleRate Illinois (For licensed centers and homes)

Grant Opportunities

Available to support early childhood professionals pursue training opportunities, program accreditation, purchase materials, make structural changes or make other quality improvements to raise the level of quality in their child care business. Current applications are due by February 17, 2017. Register for an informational session now! Click here for English and click here for Spanish.

FY17 PDF Grant Application (Jan – June)
FY17 Fondos de Desarrollo Profesional Individual (Enero – Junio)
FY17 Quality Improvement Grant Application (Jan – June)
FY17 Fondos de Mejoramiento de la Calidad (Enero – Junio)
W-9 Form

Additional Resources

Other website and links for early care & education professionals:

Exelerate Illinois Providers
Myrtle’s Club
Statewide Training Calendar
Online Mandated Reporter Training (Login)
Informacion para Programas de Cuidado de Ninos en el Hogar
Provider Update (Complete)
Policies and Procedures
How to Print CCAP Report
Where to Send Documentation


YWCA Patterson and McDaniel Family Center

Who’s Eligible

All early childhood professionals in DuPage & Kane Counties.


Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm
Professional Development trainings offered week nights and on Saturdays.


Both free and low-cost training sessions are offered. Please see the current training calendar for more information.


Please contact us 630.790.6600 or childcare@ywcachicago.org. When calling, please follow prompts and select Early Childhood Services (Option 3). There will be additional prompts for