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)
Training Policies
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
Women’s Health Exchange

Great START Coming Soon Announcement

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 Kaye Viecelli, Quality & Grant Specialist, with further questions at 630-790-6600 x2435 or ECSgrants@ywcachicago.org. All applications and required documentation is due by Friday, May 15, 2020, no later than 12:00 pm.

FY20 PDF Grant Application (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020)
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 Kaye Viecelli con más preguntas. 630-790-6600 x2435. Todas las Solicitudes y los documentos requeridos  se tienen que entregar a mas tardar mayo 15 del 2020 a las 12:00pm.

FY20 Fondos de Desarrollo Profesional Individual (Julio 1, 2019 – Junio 30, 2020)
Solicitud y Certificación del Número de Identificación del Contribuyente

Quality Improvement Grant Opportunities

The Quality Improvement Funds have been developed and are offered through the child care resource and referral agencies to assist and support programs that are choosing to work towards/maintain an ExceleRate™ IL Circle of Quality. There are three areas to the QI Funds: ExceleRate™ IL cohort, ExceleRate™ IL training stipend, and accreditation assistance. Please read the overview and the guidelines to determine which area(s) best meets your needs. Requests may be made in multiple areas.

The QI Funds are based on available funding. The QI Funds program is administered by YWCA Metropolitan Chicago. Funds are provided by the Illinois Department of Human Services. All cohort applications and required documentation is due on Friday, October 18, 2019 no later than 12:00.pm.

Applications and other required documentation can be submitted by:

  • US mail (please allow enough time for mail to arrive at office by 10/18/19)
  • Dropping off at YWCA Patterson and McDaniel Family Center
  • Emailing application & required documentation to: ECSGrants@ywcachicago.org

FY20 Quality Improvement Grant Application (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020)
W-9 Form

Están Disponibles las Becas de Mejoras en la Calidad

Los Fondos QI han sido desarrollados y son ofrecidos a través de la agencias Child Care Resource and Referral para asistir y apoyar a los programas que eligen trabajar hacia / mantener un Círculo de Calidad ExceleRate™ IL. Hay tres áreas de los Fondos QI: ExceleRate™ IL cohorte, ExceleRate™ IL estipendio de entrenamientos y asistencia con la acreditación. Por favor, lea la descripción general y las instrucciones para determinar cuál área satisface mejor sus necesidades. Las solicitudes pueden hacerse en múltiples áreas.

Los Fondos QI están basados en fondos disponibles. El programa de Fondos QI es administrado por la YWCA Metropolitan Chicago. Los fondos son proveídos por el Departamento de Servicios Humanos de Illinois. Todas las solicitudes de cohorte y la documentación requerida debe estar en nuestra oficina el Viernes, 18 de Octubre, 2019 más tarde de las 12:00.pm.

Solicitudes y documentación requerida pueden ser sometidas por:

  • Correo general (por favor, permita tiempo suficiente para que llegue a la oficina antes del 10/18/19)
  • Dejar documentación en persona en YWCA Patterson & McDaniel Family Center
  • Enviar correo electrónico solicitud y documentos requeridos a: ECSGrants@ywcachicago.org

Fondos de Mejoramiento de la Calidad (Julio 1, 2019 – Junio 30, 2020)
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. Paperwork can be faxed to 630-629-7801.