How We've Grown

Our Y has been serving Kankakee County for over 120 years.  Last year we served hundreds of families in this community.  Thanks to the PNC Bank and the Grow Up Great Grant, the Y will have the opportunity to reach out to more by providing quality preschool child care to working families in Kankakee County.

Part-Time: Our future goal is to transform from a part-time program to full-day child care program.  This gives working families another option for quality child care in our community.

Facility:  The facility has grown in size and includes seperate restroom facilities from the rest of the Y.

High Scope Curriculum:  Perhaps the most exciting aspect of this project is the introduction of the High Scope Curriculum.  This curriculum has been rated as the premier curriculum offered to preschool children. 

State Licensing & Parent Education:  The program will become licensed by DCFS and will offer no-cost parenting classes.

National Accreditation NAEYC:  National Association for the Education of Young Children. This process will require the program to achieve high standards in program delivery. 

Ongoing Volunteer Support:  A PNC Volunteer Champion and the Y will work together to develop and implement a volunteer program that supports the preschool program.  

On behalf of the volunteers and staff of the Y and all of the kids and families we serve, we thank PNC Bank and the Grow Up Great program. PNC Bank & the Y are truly helping Kankakee County kids Grow Up Great!


Signing up for preschool? Here are the forms you will need to complete, date and sign. 

Enrollment Form | ACH Authorization Form | Medication Form Parent Handbook
Liability Waiver | Consent Form | Summary of Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers | Enrollment Agreement

You will also need to provide:

  • Health Examination - Within six months, Signed and Dated by a Doctor, Current Immunizations, TB test or Dr’s Note, Lead Screen Test or Dr’s Note
  • Original Certified (Stamped) Birth Certificate- Make a copy of the original

NOTE: If you are filing a CC&R Application you must pick up this document at the Y. There is site information that must accompany the application for timely processing.


Child Watch

Children ages 6 weeks - 5 years
Time Limit: 2 hours

Monday - Friday..............8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Monday - Thursday...........4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday..................................5:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Saturday...........................8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Kids' Fit Zone

Children ages 5 - 13 years
Time Limit: 2 hours

Monday - Thursday.....4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday............................5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday......................9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Members: FREE
Prospective Members: $5/visit/child