Mission Statement
To elevate child development to a new level by leading the social and emotional growth and education of young children by providing a safe, welcoming, home-like environment with a caring, educated and professional staff that promotes partnerships between parents, children, and other early childhood professionals. 
April Notes of Interest

Picture Day
Spring pictures are being held this week. All Infants and Siblings will have their photo taken on Tuesday, April 3rd. All Toddler/Twos and Preschoolers will have their photo taken on Wednesday, April 4th. If your child is not able to take photos on his/her scheduled day, he/she may take a photo on the opposite day. (There will not be any retake days.)

The chicks are coming again this year! We pick up the eggs on Tuesday April 3rd. You will be able to start viewing them in the lobby on April 4th! 

Teacher Appreciation Committee
National Teacher Appreciation Week is May 7th - 11th! Each year we rely on YOU to help us show how much we appreciate the teachers who help your children learn and grow each day. Please watch for further information on ways that you can help shower our teachers with love!

Plastic Bag Donation
We are running low on plastic shopping bags. If you have any extra ones at home, feel free to donate them to your child's classroom. They come in handy, especially when sending home messy clothes. Thank you in advance! 
Upcoming Dates
April 3rd: Chick-it-out begins
April 3rd & 4th: Picture Days
April 14th: SNL @ K2 5:00pm-10:00pm
April 20th: School Age Day

Closure Dates for 2018

Please click here   to view the Katie's Kids Center Closure list for 2018.

School Age Day
We will be hosting a school age day on April 2nd and April 20th.  Please let us know if your child will need care on those days. 
Saturday Night Live

Saturday, April 14th
5:00 -10:00 p.m.
@ Ft. Jesse

Enjoy a night out on February 10th. Children ages 3+ have the opportunity to watch a movie and use their artistic abilities to create a masterpiece of their choice! Free play activities will be set up for children under the age of 3 years. If you have any questions please ask the KKLC Leadership Team. 

Community Connections

Our community has great things to offer families! We are adding this new section to the newsletter to help you connect to the variety of community events occurring in the Bloomington/Normal area. Enjoy!

Kindergarten Registration for District 87
Click here for the District 87 Kindergarten Registration schedule & locations

Car Seat Safety Check
Click here for the 2018 schedule of Car Seat Safety Checks

Children's Discovery Museum
Click here for the Spring 2018 schedule of events 

Bloomington Fun Time Center
Bloomington Fun Time Center (located inside of Eastland Mall) hosts a special Toddler Time every Thursday from 11:00am - 1:00pm. Click here for more information.

The Normal Cornbelters is now offering a Junior Belter's Kids Club for children under the age of 12 years. Click here for more information. 
Idea's for Home

Here are some interesting articles about the positive influence yoga can have on a child as well as some yoga positions you can try with your child at home.

Loose Parts Donations -   

We, at Katie's Kids, would like to keep utilizing loose parts in our classrooms throughout the year.  Therefore, we are inviting parents and families that are interested to keep the supplies coming!  If you choose to donate you can drop the materials off at the front desk at any time!
Be sure to look through our center for how the loose parts are being used within the curriculum! 
Thank you in advance for your donations, we look forward to seeing the creativity that stems from all of the materials!

Our Focus this Month: 
  • Bird Seed
  • Plastic food inserts
    • applesauce cups
    • protein snack pack trays
  • Easter Grass
April Meals to Go

April 5th
Pulled Pork
Baked Sweet Potato
Kahlua Brownies

April 12th
Chicken Cordon Blue Casserole
Green Beans w/Bacon
Blueberry Cobbler

April 19th

April 26th
Proceeds for Relay for Life
BBQ Chicken Pizza 
Iced Sugar Cookie

Getting Healthier...
At Katie's Kids Learning Center, we are committed to providing the best possible nutrition to you and your family.  We hope you enjoy the following recipe: 
Title : Parmesan Yogurt Dip w/Carrots 


2 cups plain low-fat Greek yogurt

1  small garlic clove, peeled and minced

Juice and grated zest of 1 small scrubbed lemon (or 3-4 tablespoons lemon juice)
half a cup  grated Parmesan cheese
  salt and pepper to taste

1 bunch (or bag) baby carrots 

  1. Put the yogurt, garlic, lemon zest and juice and Parmesan cheese in the bowl and mix well.
  2. Add salt and pepper until it tastes the way you like it. Dip the carrots in and enjoy!
Note: You can substitute any vegetable of your choice for the carrots

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