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Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) of Kankakee

  Agency Contact Information:
Address: 1086 East Court Street
Kankakee, IL 60901
Phone: 815.935.2415
Fax: 815.935.0015
Contact Person:

Susanna Ellexson - Director of Child Care Services
Phone: 815.933.4516
Email: suellexson@yahoo.com

Contact Person:

Sandra Knight - Executive Director

  Service Profile:
Service/program name: Child Care
Description: Licensed by DCFS serving children 6 weeks through 12 years. Infant, toddler, preschool and school-age care provided. DCFS foster care provided. Open 254 days per year. Facility is open 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Child care subsidy is available to income eligible families. We are a part of the Child and Adult Care Food Program. The YWCA utilizes the Creative Curriculum in all classrooms. Developmental Screenings are administered to all children birth to 5 years of age. We are a Bronze Circle of Quality in ExceleRate Illinois.

Service/program name: First Taste
Description: Funded through the Prevention Initiative of the State Board of Education, the offices of First Taste are housed at our facility through an agreement with Kankakee School District #111.

First Taste is a state-funded program that focuses on parent education and child development for parents of children 0-3 years old. Recognizing the fact that parents are their children's first and most influential teachers, First Taste is designed to provide support and practical information to parents through home visits, group meetings and periodic screenings. The program also includes the services of a social worker who helps parents obtain needed services by referring them to proper area agencies. Established in 1989, the program is free of charge to families living in Kankakee School District 111. Home is where the start is, and that start must be a positive one
Phone: 779-701-1759

Service/program name: Preschool for All
Description: Funded by the Illinois State Board of Education and facilitated through a cooperative agreement with Child Care Resource & Referral to provide one classroom of full day Preschool for All. Wrap around care is available.
  General Information:
Description: The YWCA Kankakee is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

A Pledge for Life Partnership Initiative
1 Stuart Drive
Kankakee, IL 60901
Email: kan-i-help.org