December 2020

Our mission is to elevate child development to a new level by leading the social, emotional growth, and education of young children while providing a safe, welcoming, home-like environment with a caring, educated and professional staff that promotes partnerships with parents, children, and other childhood professionals.
Special Events
New Weekly Tuition
December 14

Winter Spirit Week
December 21 - Fun Hat/Hair Day
December 22 - Red/Green Day
December 23 - Pajama Day

December 24 & 25
January 1

Katie's Kids will be closed in celebration of the holiday on
December 24 & 25
January 1

We recently sent out an email containing a survey link for the days your child's will be in attendance for the week of
December 21 and December 28. If you have not filled out the survey, please take time to fill it out. You should see another copy of this email in your inbox as well.
Hours of Operation:
Hours of operation will remain 7am to 5pm. With the colder weather we are asking families to stay with their scheduled pick up and drop off times. If your family needs to make adjustments to your drop-off and pick-up times, please communicate with Jody at

Drop Off and Pick Up:
Katie's Kids REQUIRES all family members who drop off and pick up children to wear a mask. If you are not feeling well or hold any COVID symptoms please arrange for someone else to drop of and pick up your child. This is to protect your family and the staff.

Pick Up:
Katie's Kids would like to thank all our families for following the new pick up procedures. We hope that the new system is working well for your family.
Holiday Season
If your family decides to travel and/or celebrate in a large setting, we are asking that you quarantine following the event. Thank you for your understanding our request to take special precautions this holiday season. Katie's Kids appreciates your continued partnership with our center. 

Mask Policy
DCFS mandates mask be used by all adults and children 2 years and over. We are now required, not just encouraged, to follow this rule. Masks must be worn at all times tolerable except during meal times, sleeping, and playing outside. If you have not done so already, please provide us with a mask for your child aged 2 and up. Please place a mask on your child before entering the building in the morning.

Family Pledge:
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continue to rise in our local area as well as nation wide. Please continue to be mindful of your pledge to KKLC. We can not keep our children safe without your dedication to health and safety. You can help by doing the following:
  1. Continue to take precautions to limit your exposure as you move about in the community.
  2. Wash your hands often and wear your mask in group settings.
  3. If your child or someone in your household shows sign of illness, please use a cautious approach when deciding to send your child to school.
  4. If someone in your household shows signs of COVID-19 and needs to be tested, please keep your children at home until the results are known.
School Age...
Katie's Kids will continue to provide e-learning option until school resumes to in-person instruction. According to the original 2020-2021 school calendar, the children will not have e-learning on the following days. Katie's Kids will offer a program on no school days except when Katie's Kids is closed for the holidays.
  • December 21-23
  • December 28-31
  • January 4

Late Start Instruction 8:45 Start Times
  • December 9
Health Corner...
According to the CDC website:
Diet and Academic Performance
  • Eating a healthy breakfast is associated with improved cognitive function (especially memory), reduced absenteeism, and improved mood
  • Adequate hydration may also improve cognitive function in children and adolescents, which is important for learning 

This month we are focusing on the Vegetable section of "My Plate"
Any vegetable or 100% vegetable juice counts as a member of the Vegetable Group. Vegetables may be raw or cooked; fresh, frozen, canned, or dried/dehydrated; and may be whole, cut-up, or mashed.
Based on their nutrient content, vegetables are organized into 5 subgroups: dark-green vegetables, starchy vegetables, red and orange vegetables, beans and peas, and other vegetables.
How many vegetables are needed?
The amount of vegetables you need to eat depends on your age, sex, and level of physical activity. The amount each person needs can vary between 1 and 3 cups each day. Those who are very physically active may need more. Recommended total daily amounts and recommended weekly amounts from each vegetable subgroup are shown in the two tables below.

Daily Recommendation for Children
2 and under - 1/2 c
2-3 yrs - 1 cup
4-8 yrs - 1½ cups
Types of Vegetables
Dark-Green Vegetables
  • Broccoli
  • Greens (collards, mustard greens, turnip greens, kale)
  • Raw leafy greens: Spinach, romaine, watercress, dark green leafy lettuce, endive, escarole
Red and Orange Vegetables
  • Carrots
  • Pumpkin
  • Red peppers
  • Tomato juice
  • Sweet potato
  • Winter squash (acorn, butternut, hubbard)
Beans and Peas
  • Dry beans and peas (black, garbanzo, kidney, pinto, or soy beans, or black-eyed peas or split peas)
Starchy Vegetables
  • Corn, yellow or white
  • Green peas
  • White potatoes
Other Vegetables
  • Bean sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Green or wax beans
  • Green peppers
  • Lettuce, iceberg or head
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Summer squash
  • zucchini
We understand that children share a wide range of emotions and learning how to work through them is sometimes tough work for a child. Here are a few books we would like to share to help your child work through their emotions.

Older Infants:
  • "Happy Hippo, Angry Duck" Sandra Boynton clever animals share a wide range of emotions about different feelings
  • "Making Faces" Abrams Appleseed images of babies expressions
Toddler Books:
  • "No Matter What" by Debi Gliori talks about unconditional love of a mom
  • "Finn Throws a Fit" by David Elliott
Preschool Books:
  • "Today I Feel Silly" by Jamie Lee Curtis assist kids explore, identify, and, even have fun with their ever-changing moods
  • "The Bad Seed" by Jory John & Pete Oswald great for showing kids that your reputation and past actions don’t make you who you are. It is possible to change our choices.
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Do you have a friend, neighbor, or colleague looking for care? For every family you refer to Katie's Kids we will apply a $50 credit to your account after the family has been with us for 90 days.
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