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

February 16              Saturday Night Live @ Fort Jesse
February 18              KKLC Closed for 
                                                  Professional Development Day
February 19              No School Day Program

March Events
March 12                   Kindergarten Registration to begin for Unit 5
                                          more information to follow as detail are available
March 25-29             School Age Spring Break Program

Are you a Nurse/Nurse Practitioner?
Do you know someone who is?

Katie's Kids is currently looking for a nurse or nurse practitioner.
It is a DCFS regulation that Katie's Kids has a partnership with a Nurse Consultant to ensure that all health & safety regulations pertaining to Infants and Toddlers are being met.
The nurse consultant role includes a monthly visit to the both Katie's Kids locations to observe in classrooms, ensure immunization and physicals are up to date, and provide resources/education to our staff.
On average this takes less than 2 hours per month and the Nurse Consultant is compensated for their role with Katie's Kids.
If you are interested or know someone that might be, please stop by the front desk or email
Jody - jodyw@katieskids.net
Marissa - marissah@katieskids.net

Saturday Night Live
Katie's Kids @ Fort Jesse
February 16
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.  

            Winter Weather

In the event Katie's Kids is closed due to weather, please refer to our website at www.katieskids.net or our facebook page. The closure will also be posted on WJBC, WBNQ, or WBWN.  

15 Simple Winter Safety Tips 
for Kids
How to keep kids warm, healthy and safe

Winter can bring lots of family fun - whether this involves sledding and romping around in the snow or just hanging around together at home. Here are a few ideas I give to parents to keep their kids warm, healthy and safe during winter.

How to dress your kids 
1. Adjust winter clothes for children's needs. Dress babies and young children in one more layer of clothing than an adult would wear in the same conditions.

2. Keep exposure to the cold at a minimum.  Babies  and young children don't have the same tolerance for cold that adults do. It's important to limit time outside.

3. Don't forget winter accessories. Remember warm boots, gloves or mittens and a hat, which make a big difference in keeping young children and babies comfortable.

Simple ways to avoid winter colds
It's a common  myth that cold weather causes colds, but it does not. Colds are caused mainly by viruses that we are more commonly exposed to in the winter.
Viruses are spread even more easily when children are in school and in close contact with each other, typically through respiratory droplets in the air and on hands.

Prevent colds and the flu by getting kids to:
4. Use soap and water.  Washing their hands frequently will reduce the spread of germs.

5. Cover their mouth. Sneezing or coughing into the bend of their elbows also helps prevent spreading germs.

6. Get immunized. Keep vaccinations current, including the flu shot

Be safe on sleds and snow tubes
7. Always supervise children. Injuries can occur quickly when kids are sledding or snow tubing. It's important to keep a close eye on them.

8. Keep away from motor vehicles. Often, sledding hills are not far from highways or roads. It's important to keep a safe distance.

9. Sled in proper 'form.' Kids can prevent injuries by sledding feet first or sitting up, instead of lying down head-first.

10. Find a clear area. Pick a sledding location that is clear of obstructions like trees or fences and is covered in snow.

11. Choose a good sledding hill. A sledding hill should not be too steep, with a slope of less than 30 degrees, and should end with a flat runoff.
Be safe on skis and snow boards

12. Dress in layers. If you begin to sweat, remove layers as needed to stay dry. Wet clothes can cause your body to chill and can lead to hypothermia or frostbite.

13. Wear a helmet. It's important to protect your head from injury.

14. Protect skin. Keep your skin from being exposed to harsh temperatures to avoid frostbite. Be especially careful with small areas of your body, such as your hands, feet and ears.

15. Be aware of weather conditions. Consider going inside if the temperature drops below 0 degrees F (-17.8 C).

Be aware of frostbite symptoms. If you notice your child skin turning red or becoming numb, move to a warmer location and protect them from further exposure. Use warm water or blankets to raise their body temperature.
In winter, there are lots of options for fun. 

Enjoy the snow, and stay safe.

part of the Art of Leadership series

In this book Lillian Katz, outlines fourteen points she believes will be helpful for early childhood teachers. Here's the final point in her list:  

"I really believe that each of us must come to care about everyone else's children. We must come to see that the welfare of our children and grandchildren is intimately linked to the welfare of all other people's children. After all, when one of our children needs life-changing surgery, someone else's child will perform it. If one of our children is threatened or harmed by violence, someone else's child will be responsible for the violent act. The good life for our own children can only be secured if a good life is also secured for all other people's children. Where are other people's children right now? Are they having wholesome, caring, and appropriate experiences? The person who will be our president 60 years from now may be in someone's three-year-old class today. I hope she's having a good experience! To be concerned about other people's children is not just a practical matter - it is a moral and ethical one."

Healthy Corner...
Katie's Kids works to support nutrition & healthy eating at an early age.  

Did you know that our meals are based on the requirements of DCFS?  Within the set requirements of DCFS, Katie's Kids tries to make the healthiest choices possible.  
Ways we make healthy choices: 
fresh fruits and vegetables
whole grain breads and pastas (including waffles)
chicken & ground turkey