Infant Welfare Society of Evanston, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   3 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Human Services

Location: 2200 Main St Evanston IL 60202 USA

Mission: The Infant Welfare Society of Evanston is committed to the care and early education of infants and toddlers and to supporting their families' efforts to be self-sufficient providers and effective parents.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a classroom volunteer at the IWSE in the Baby-Toddler Nursery for almost a year. I LOVE volunteering here. It is just plain FUN working with these wonderful children. The teachers are very caring. Every day they come up with special activities for the children that exercise their brains and their bodies. The Program Manager visits the classroom often and clearly loves the children. The classroom itself is full of wonderful toys for the children to play with creatively by themselves or interacting with the teachers-- not just more buttons to push. When the weather is good, the children play outside in a protected courtyard with lots of toddler vehicles or the teachers take them on walks to places like the nearby Pet Smart. What fun the toddlers had watching all the animals!

A wonderful bonus for the children is that my classroom has 3 teachers to 7 chlldren. Often when I am volunteering (adding a fourth adult in the classroom!), a language specialist or college students studying early childhood development visit. There are always plenty of caring adults to interact with the children!

I also enjoy seeing parents when they drop off their children. It's especially nice that often fathers and grandfathers are the ones to do so!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

One little girl became so involved in activities that she finally gave up her blanket and her tantrums. The mother of a constantly fussy, overweight baby boy sought out better medical care on the advice of the IWSE and now he is a cheerful, active toddler who drops weight every week. Another toddler girl has stopped grabbing toys from other children and occasionally hitting them because of the consistent response from her teachers to "Walk Away" or "Be gentle!"

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I hope for a new building. The IWSE is outgrowing the quirky building they are in and, in spite of its hominess, are deserving of a more efficiently arranged building with larger classrooms and kid-friendly sinks. I also wish there were more volunteers in the classrooms.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

A brief orientation and building tour before beginning. clear expectations of what is expected of a volunteer in the classroom.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I have a chance to use all of my interpersonal skills when I work with the children and the work challenges my creativity and endurance. Volunteering here is a great physical workout! Most importantly, I feel that I am helping the children to a better future by playing with them in a way that challenges them and helps neurons in their brains to grow and develop.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Happy, happy happy! The two hours I volunteer are the most joyous time of my week. I feel that the teachers and managers appreciate my service and they show it!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son started here at 1.5 years when we relocated to Evanston. It was his first time in full-time day care and he loved it from day one. The teachers at ISWE Baby Toddler Nursery are WONDERFUL, the classes are small, there's lots of outside space and creative play, everyone knows my son's name, all the teachers and staff greet us with warmth and treat the children with love. They also encourage friendships between the children and connections between their parents, which is a great way to start building a new community here. We are very happy with the care our little guy receives and would recommend ISWE to any parent looking for care in Evanston.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing my son's language and social skills develop. His teachers work with him on intellectual (red, green, blue, 1, 2, 3) and practical skills (please, thank you, excuse me) and spend lots of time having fun, singing, etc. I love hearing stories from all of his adventures at school.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make all of the food sugar-free, healthy and organic. Unfortunately, our Federal Food programs are a long way from offering truly fresh, healthy foods to our kids, and programs like this one would have to charge an arm and a leg to operate without Federal assistance. They can't offer this to us today... but maybe one day!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Recommended by my employer.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

More engagement with my son's learning, despite my husband and I both working full time.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter has been attedning the Infant Welfare Society of Evanston (Baby Toddler Nursery) for almost one year. Initially, I was apprehensive about having her in daycare, but those feelings soon went away. I could tell immediately that the teachers truly cared for the infants and their well being. The main teacher in my daughter's room has been there for over 25 years, which says a lot. With low turnover and educated teachers, I have been very pleased about my experience here. They also do a lot for the Evanston community by educating teen mothers and low income populations.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my everyday life. I am at EIWS every morning and afternoon. All the teachers know my daughter's name and acknowledge me as well.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ensure that the teachers are given a substantial amount of time for breaks during the day. It is an exhausting job taking care of infants all day.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Likely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

How did you find this group?

Through a co-worker.

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