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

August 15           Last day of School Summer Program
August 16           Unit 5 - first day of school
August  17          Katie's Kids Closed 
                                 for Professional Development Day
August 18           Saturday Night Live @ Fort Jesse

Click on the Link:  Unit 5 2018-2019 School Calendar 

Katie's Kids offers a school age program on no school days throughout the school year.  Stop by the front desk for details.  

  Katie's Kids Closure
August 17

We will be closed for Professional Development Day. 

August 18
Saturday Night Live
Katie's Kids @ Fort Jesse
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 enjoy playing, having dinner with friends, and snuggling in for a movie.  
Nurse's Notes   

 I would like to introduce myself, Amy Cornejo, RN BSN. 
I am the new nurse consultant for both centers. I have over 14 years of nursing experience, ranging from hospital and doctor's office to occupational health. I have a passion for health and wellness and preventative medicine. I live in North Normal with my husband and 4 children, Peyton 11, Kinley 9, Cambrie 3 and Maddox 2. I look forward to this opportunity.
             School Supply Drive Ends AUGUST 3
The Back 2 School Alliance collects & distributes donated items to assist children in starting the school year.   Below is a list of the items needed or pick up a  list at the front desk.   A collection box is located in the entrance of Katie's Kids. 

                            Thank you for your help in supporting our community!

Parent-Free Play is Valuable

In an online article, Cory Turner quotes Katherine Reynolds Lewis, author of a new parenting book, The Good News About Bad Behavior:

" 'Kids are play-deprived nowadays...Two or three decades ago, children were roaming neighborhoods in mixed-age groups, playing pretty unsupervised,' Lewis says. And this kind of parent-free play helped them develop important skills they'd use for the rest of their lives. 'They were able to resolve disputes. They planned their time. They managed their games. They had a lot of autonomy, which also feeds self-esteem and mental health.'
These days, though, free play is on the decline, Lewis says, and so are the social and emotional skills that come with it. Part of the problem, according to Lewis, is parents who worry that unsupervised play is just too risky. But the risk is part of the point - for kids 'to have falls and scrapes and tumbles and discover that they're okay. They can survive being hurt.'

Source : "Empowering Kids in an Anxious World," Cory Turner, nprEd.org, July 18, 2018