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. 


Congratulations!
Katie's Kids @ Fort Jesse was recently recognized as an Accredited Center.  


This achievement acknowledges that Katie's Kids Learning Center has met exemplary standards for a program providing early care and education for young children.  

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January 2
Katie's Kids will be closed
Upcoming Events

January 2                         Katie's Kids closed for New Years
January 3-6 & 9               No School Day - School Age Program
January 16                       No School Day  - School Age Program
January 21                       Saturday Night Live @ KK2

Activity Fee

On January 1 2017, Katie's Kids annual activity fee of $75 per child will be charged  to your account.  This fee is written in both the Katie's Kids family handbook and the Family Financial Agreement.  
Katie's Kids Learning Center Closures 2017

New Year's DayMonday, January 2nd  
Staff Professional Development DayMonday, February 20th
Memorial DayMonday, May 29th
4th Of JulyTuesday, July 4th  
Staff Professional Development DayFriday, August 11th
Labor DayMonday, September 4th
Thanksgiving BreakThursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th
Winter BreakMonday, December 25th  & Tuesday, December 26th
Monday, January 1st   


Medication Policy Change
EFFECTIVE JAN. 1, 2017

We are making a small addition to the use of Medicine and Topical Products:
  • To administer Tylenol or Ibuprofen to your child, Katie's Kids requires a note from your doctor and/or a copy of the prescription that clearly states exact dose and frequency of dose. You must submit an updated version after each wellness exam.
As your child grows, it is the safest practice to confirm that medicine dosages are appropriate and safe for his/her current size. The best time to do this with your doctor is at your child's annual well check.
Please refer to complete Medicine & Topical Products policy in your Parent Handbook for the full policy. 

Please stop by the front desk if you have any questions about this policy.

Outside Food Policy

We would like to bring to your attention the food concerns we hold here at Katie's Kids Learning Center.  Throughout the center, we have children who hold severe allergies to various food products.  Due to these allergies, we have food restrictions regarding what is safe to be brought into our classrooms. 

We would like to make you aware of the policy stated in our family handbook.  "According to DCFS regulations, parents may not bring in outside food or drinks into the center unless your child's snack/lunch needs to be supplemented due to medical reasons."  
We would appreciate if children would finish eating food from home before entering the classroom and wash their hands as they enter the classroom in order to avoid any potential allergic reactions.  Some allergic reactions can be triggered by what a child touches before entering the classroom that is why it is very imp ortant to wash your child's hands upon arrival.
Thank you for understanding our need to keep all children safe and healthy.  

Please do not hesitate to speak with the staff or administration with questions you may have concerning this regulation/policy.  
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January- Meals  to Go - Wednesday Night
      
Tired of cooking dinner on Wednesday Nights? 
Let Bobby cook for you
Check out the monthly meals to go menu by clicking on the link below...



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 Winter Weather...
 
We never know about the winter weather in Illinois; we want to assure you that we will remain open as long as it remains safe to do so. In the event we must close, please listen to 
WJBC, WBNQ, and WBWN for closure information. 




"You can't be too careful what you tell a child because you never know what he'll take hold of and spend the rest of his life remembering you by."  

Frederick Buechner

How Does Your Child See Him/Herself?
         
Self-concept or self-image is how a child thinks of him or herself in relation to the people and things in the rest of his/her world. What is your child's concept of him/herself? Is he/she a very important person in his/her own eyes?   It is very important that a child have a genuine feeling that he/she matters in the world, and that he/she is important.   Parents can influence their child's self-concept development. Here are three general principles you can use:
  1. Let your child know that you love him/her. A child needs to know that he/she is important to you, that he/she has your love- even when he/she has engaged in some unlovable activities. In this case, a parent can say, "I love you, but I don't like what you have just done."
  2. Help your child handle his/her failures. What messages are you giving him/her when he/she fails? He/she needs to know that you're on his/her side, that you accept him/her - win or lose - for who he/she is. Your corrections should deal with what he/she's done, how what he/she "is."
  3. Don't be dishonest. Your child knows when he/she has failed. If you let him/her know that you know this, but it isn't the end of the world, he/she gains confidence in you to reflect an honest value to him/her.          
Preschoolers try to find their place in the world by experimenting with different ideas and concepts. They look to their parents for guidance and support.   Make sure you give your child the room he/she needs to learn and to make mistakes. But also make sure he/she knows you're on his/her side - win or lose.
 
Taken from "Growing Together," a monthly publication mailed out locally from Partners in Parenting.


Developing Melodies® Music Corner

In December of 2016, Ms Callie the music therapist said good-bye as she is changing job adventures. In the new year we welcome Ms. Janel.

 
Janel Metzger, MT-BC, is a Board-Certified Music Therapist. She started playing piano at age 5, took flute lessons from age 11 through college, and started guitar and ukulele in college. She graduated from Western Illinois University magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in Music Therapy. Janel began her Music Therapy career working at West Music in their Music Therapy department in April 2014. She has worked with a variety of clientele including students with disabilities in schools, nursing home groups, hospice patients, groups of adults with disabilities, recreational music groups for young adults with disabilities and adaptive lessons. Janel joined the Developing Melodies team in September 2015

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