May 10, 2017
Academic readiness is one of the YMCA of Metro Chicago’s four mission anchors along with character development, violence prevention, and fitness and healthy living. YMCA centers with childcare and education programs in Chicago have shown to perform well and up to the standards of ExceleRate Illinois Providers.
Eight YMCA sites were awarded the Award of Excellence by the Governor's Office through ExceleRate Illinois. The North Lawndale YMCA achieved an Award of Excellence for Linguistically and Culturally Appropriate Practices in ExceleRate Illinois. The Award of Excellence for Family and Community Engagement was obtained by seven different YMCA of Metro Chicago centers, including the Dr. Effie O. Ellis YMCA, First Lutheran YMCA, Garfield Park YMCA, High Ridge YMCA, Rauner Family YMCA, Orr YMCA and South Side YMCA.
"We were thrilled to learn of these awards, which represent the YMCA's commitment to offer quality programming for children and families in the Chicago area, as we continue to cultivate our position as a leader in the field of early learning,” says Dorothy Cole-Gary, Executive Director of Early Education & Care, YMCA of Metro Chicago.
An announcement ceremony will take place at the McCormick Center National Leadership Conference held at the Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.