In early 2016, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago launched Myrtle’s Club™, a Child Care Provider Network that brings training, business support services, and purchasing power to child care providers of all sizes across the USA.

Myrtle’s Club™ is named in honor of 30+ year YWCA employee Myrtle Thomas who has made, and continues to make, it her life’s work to support child care businesses.

In her honor, Myrtle’s Club™ was designed to support child care providers by making available:

  • services that increase the purchasing power for our providers
  • high-quality training opportunities on topics ranging from curriculum to business basics
  • services that support the business side of child care

By assisting child care providers in this way, the YWCA is helping support providers on the path to improving quality and educational programs for their students. This also helps parents by increasing their confidence in their child care choices. Parents who are confident in their child care choices are able to be more focused on their work benefiting all employers.

By becoming a Myrtle’s Club member, you will receive the following:

Purchasing Power benefits:

  • S&S Worldwide – Program Materials & Equipment
    • 15% discount
  • Discount School Supply– Program Materials & Equipment
    • 18% discount
  • Kindermusik – Early Childhood Music & Movement Curricula
    • 7% discount
  • Lakeshore Learning – Program Materials & Equipment
    • discount on supplies
  • Back Office Collaborative – Expert Expenses Management Service (Office & Cleaning Supplies etc.)
    • discount on all supplies
  • Print All Promotions – Promotional Products, Advertising Specialties, Business Gifts & Awards
    • special pricing for Myrtle’s Club members
  • Thrive Market – Free membership for access to over 4,000 health and wellness products
    • $59.99 discount

Training benefits:

Business Support Services benefits:

  • Legal Shield – Legal Service, Debt Collection, Employee Benefits, Business Consultation
    • discount on all services to Myrtle’s Club members
  • ARCC Consulting – Tax, Accounting, & Payroll Services
    • 10-15% discount
  • Precioustatus – Teacher & Parent Engagement Tool
    • free for providers with 10 or fewer children, discount for larger groups
  • Education Recruiting Specialist – Staff Recruitment Firm
    • 10% discount
  • Oases – Scheduling & Management software for instruction, tutoring and providers
    • 5-15% discount
  • Tom CopelandTax and account help
    • discount for membership as well as personalized tax help

Local Chicagoland benefits:

  • YWCA Metropolitan Chicago – Training and Literacy Visits
    • $5 discount on all YWCA Metropolitan Chicago trainings
    • 4 Free Literacy Visits annually (DuPage and Kane counties)
    • 1 Free Signature event annually

There are three Myrtle’s Club™ membership levels available, built to suit the size of your business. Click on one of the links below to purchase a Myrtle’s Club™ membership including an online training subscription from Child Care Educational Institute.

To join now, click the membership level that is right for you:

Annual Club Membership with 1 Online Training Subscription $120
Annual Club Membership with 3 Online Training Subscriptions $275
Annual Club Membership with 20 Online Training Subscription $620

Current Myrtle’s Club members click here to start shopping now.

Press and News

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