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

July 4            Katie's Kids Closed 
                                 in observance of America's Independence
July 14          Saturday Night Live @ The Links

Mark Your Calendar
August 17     Katie's Kids Closed - Professional Development Day

  Katie's Kids Closure

We will be closed in observance for the 4th of July holiday.  
Katie's Kids will be open on 
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday   

July 14
Saturday Night Live
Katie's Kids @ The Links
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.  

  Meals to Go   
Tuesday Night


Highlighting the 
Katie's Kids Support Staff

Hello, my name is Maria Bucio 
I have worked at Katie's Kids for a little over a year and enjoy every minute of it.  I'm currently attending Heartland Community College and I plan to continue my studies at ISU.  I'm studying Elementary Education.  
I have always loved working with kids.  Growing up I loved the classroom environment, and my elementary school years were the most memorable.  In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.  I also love going for walks or to the park with my three pups.  
I can honestly say I have never loved a job more; working at Katie's Kids has furthered my passion for teaching.     

Encourage a LOVE of Physical Activity in Youngsters
Written by Katie Stelle-Mardis
July issue of Pastelle 
According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, children and adolescents should engage in physical activity for 60 minutes or more each day.
While fulfilling those requirements might not have been a problem for kids who grew up before the dawn of the Internet, nowadays, kids are spending less time playing outside and more time on their computers or other devices.
That reality is problematic for parents who want their kids to embrace physical activity thanks to the positive impact that exercise can have on kids' physical and mental well being. Parents hoping to instill a love of physical activity in their youngsters may find that taking a more active role by exercising with their kids is an effective way to get them off the couch and away from their computer screens.
  • Turn errands into exercise opportunities. Many parents take their children along with them when running errands. When such errands don't necessarily require the use of a car, consider riding bicycles instead. Kids who otherwise don't enjoy errands may now find them more fun, all the while fulfilling their daily recommended quotas for exercise and spending quality time with their parents.
  • Include kids in your own athletic pursuits. Parents might not be able to take younger kids along with them to the gym, but that does not mean your youngsters must be excluded from all of your athletic pursuits. If you have any upcoming athletic activities or challenges on your schedule, such as a new recreational sports season or community fun run or 5K, let kids tag along as you train or practice. Parents of adolescents can inquire at their local gyms if they offer discounted memberships to teens. If so, take kids along with you on trips to the gym so they learn the value and benefits of daily strength and conditioning exercises.
  • Make more time to play. Parents may already have busy schedules, but finding time to play with their kids is a great way to get youngsters to embrace physical activity. Kids might be reluctant to shoot hoops in the driveway if no one is willing to join them, but they will likely be far more willing to do so if mom and dad are willing to play with them. This is not only a good way for parents to ensure their kids get enough exercise, but also a great and fun way for moms and dads to make time for physical activity.
  • Recognize that physical activity does not have to mean organized sports. Some kids have no interest in team sports while others do not have the athletic ability to compete after a certain age. Parents who want their kids to exercise more should recognize that there are plenty of ways to be physically active that do not involve organized team sports. Hiking; riding bicycles; swimming at a nearby pool, lake, or ocean; and even going for nightly walks are all physical activities that people of all ages and athletic abilities can enjoy.
Physical activity is an important component of a healthy lifestyle. While getting kids to put down their tablets and gaming system remote controls may not be easy, parents who resolve to exercise with their children might find their youngsters more receptive to regular physical activity.

Health Corner

Lots of great seasonal produce is available during the summer months; most of these ingredients can be found at the Farmer's Market or in a family garden.  

  1. Combine yogurt, honey and vanilla in a small bowl.
  2. cut the watermelon to slice.
  3. Spread ΒΌ cup yogurt mixture over each slice of watermelon. 
  4. Top with sliced strawberries, blackberries or blueberries, and mint (use any fruit your family desires).