Katie's Kids 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. 
Upcoming Events

April 6        Miller Park Zoo visits Preschool  
April 8        Saturday Night Live @ the Links  5-10p
April 14       School Age No School Day Program  

Preschool Parent Teacher Conferences 
Room 6 - April 14
Room 7 - April 21

Mark Your May Calendar  
May 3 & 4    Spring Pictures 
May 9        Cornbelters Game  
May 29       Katie's Kids Closed in observance of Memorial Day   
Every Kid Healthy Week is an annual observance created
in 2013 to celebrate school wellness achievements. Observed the last week of April each year, this special week, which is recognized on the calendar of National Health Observances, shines a spotlight on the great initiatives schools are implementing to improve the health and wellness of their students. The week also provides an opportunity for everyone in the country to get involved in a celebration to help support sound nutrition, regular physical activity and health-promoting programs in schools.

One in three kids in the U.S. are overweight or obese. If the trend continues, this generation will be the first in our history to live shorter lives than their parents. The good news is, with sound nutrition and opportunities for physical activity, kids thrive. Every Kid Healthy is a campaign to ensure that every child is well nourished, physically active, healthy and ready to learn. It starts with helping schools and families get the tools they need to create healthy kids and schools, and includes the celebration of Every Kid Healthy Week.
Saturday Night Live
At Katie's Kids @ The Links 
Saturday, April 8st  
5:00 -10:00 p.m.

Need a night off? Can't find a babysitter? Check out Saturday Night Live @ Katie's Kids! Saturday Night Live is a Saturday evening full of fun for children while families go out. Children can enjoying playing, having dinner with friends, and snuggling in for a movie.  
 



Easy, Tasty, and Healthy Snacks 


Honey-Sweetened 
Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
 



Chewy, no-bake, gluten-free granola bars made simply with oats, almonds, almond butter or peanut butter and chocolate chips. This healthy granola bar recipe is so delicious and easy to make. Homemade granola bars are great to keep on hand for traveling or whenever hunger strikes! Recipe yields 14 to 16 bars.

INGREDIENTS
  • 1¾ cups quick-cooking oats (or old-fashioned oats, pulsed briefly in a food processor or blender to break them up)
  • 1⅓ cup sliced almonds (optional)
  • ⅔ cup mini dark chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ to ¾ teaspoon salt, to taste (decrease if your almond/peanut butter is salted)
  • 1 cup creamy unsalted almond butter or peanut butter
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Line an 8 to 9-inch square baker with two strips of criss-crossed parchment paper, cut to size. In a mixing bowl, combine the oats, almonds, chocolate chips, cinnamon and salt. Whisk to combine.
  2. In a 2-cup liquid measuring cup, measure out the nut butter. Top with ½ cup honey and the vanilla extract. Whisk until well blended. If you must, you can gently warm the liquid mixture on the stovetop or in the microwave, but make sure it's cool before you pour it into the dry mixture (the chocolate chips will melt).
  3. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients. Use a big spoon to mix them together until the two are evenly combined and no dry oats remain. The drier the mixture, the more firm the bars will be, so stir in extra oats if the mixture seems wet.
  4. Transfer the mixture to the prepared square baker. Use your spoon to arrange the mixture fairly evenly in the baker, then use the bottom of a flat, round surface (like a short, sturdy drinking glass), covered in a small piece of parchment paper (see photo), to pack the mixture down as firmly and evenly as possible.
  5. Cover the baker and refrigerate for at least one hour, or overnight. Use a sharp knife to slice the bars. For portability, you can wrap individual bars in plastic wrap or parchment paper. Bars keep well for a couple of days at room temperature, but I recommend storing individually wrapped bars in a freezer-safe bag in the freezer for best flavor.
Prep time:   20 mins
Total time:  
Serves: 14 to 16 bars


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