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
IDHS CCAP Training Requirements
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)

Professional Development Grant Opportunities

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago is offering funds to assist individual pursuit of professional development in early care and education and school-age care. Funds are provided by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS). Please contact Melissa Letts, Grant & Quality Specialist with further questions. 630-790-6600 ext. 2475 or Melissa.Letts@ywcachicago.org

FY18 PDF Grant Application (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018)
W-9 Form

Becas Para Desarrollo Profesional Están Disponibles Para FY’18!

La YWCA Metropolitan Chicago está ofreciendo fondos para asistir a los individuos en la búsqueda de su desarrollo profesional en el cuidado y la educación temprana, y cuidado de edad escolar. Los fondos son proveídos por el Departamento de Servicios Humanos de Illinois (IDHS). Póngase en contacto con Melissa Letts, Especialista de Calidad y Otorgamientos, con más preguntas. 630-790-6600 ext. 2475 o Melissa.Letts@ywcachicago.org

FY18 Fondos de Desarrollo Profesional Individual (Julio – Junio)
Solicitud y Certificación del Número de Identificación del Contribuyente

Child Care Payment Updates

Providers can check on the status of specific payments by calling IDHS’ Provider Assistance line at 800.804.3833 one working day after the payment was entered or two working days after the payment was approved.

  • IDHS now has a phone number that provides additional payment updates and information: 217.524.9041
  • Providers who enter payments via the IDHS IVR system can call 800.787.9316
  • Providers can also see if a payment has been issued by using the Illinois State Comptroller website.
    • Enter SS# or FEIN (click OK)
    • For the next two pages click on gray boxes at bottom (Payments and Find Warrants)
    • Most recent payment will be listed at top of the page.

Visit the Illinois State Comptroller Website

Note: Paper checks are mailed the working day after being issued. Direct deposit and debit card payments are usually in accounts two working days after being issued. Weekends and holidays are not working days.

Contact the IDHS Direct Deposit System – 217.557.0930

  • Receive an authorization form from the Comptroller’s Electronic Commerce Division
  • Payees already enrolled in Direct Deposit can make account changes

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