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

June 12     School Age goes to Miller Park
June 16     Saturday Night Live at Katie's Kids on Jacobssen
June 17     Father's Day
June 19     Sign Language Training for Families                            

The teachers would like to tha nk  all the families wh o
helped in making Teacher Appreciation a SUCCESS.  

The food wa s delicious!  The thoughtful words and cards were meaningful as well 
as gift cards and goody bags.  

We feel very grateful to work with such amazing families.

June 16
Saturday Night Live
Katie's Kids on Jacobssen
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.  

Sign Language Training
June 19
Katie's Kids in Normal

Amy Blough will be our presenter for the evening.  She currently teaches sign language as a community education course at Heartland Community College.  

Katie's Kids utilizes sign language to communicate with pre-verbal infants and toddlers.  We use basic signs to assist with wants/needs as well as label items they see in the environment around them.  

All families are welcome to attend this training with the staff of Katie's Kids.  Child care will be provided, please sign up at the front desk.  

  Meals to Go   
Tuesday Night

June News Blast...

The children are now running and playing in the water feature.    Please make sure your child has the appropriate  items:
    swimsuit/swim trunks/ water shirt
  •      water shoes - similar to the picture shown
  •      water swimmers if needed  


Highlighting the 
Katie's Kids Support Staff

Hello, my name is Taylor 
I will be a junior at Illinois State University this fall, I am studying Bilingual Education.  I love to dance and spend time with my family especially my nieces and nephew as well as play with my kittens Hayden and Lilly.  My favorite TV shows are Greys Anatomy and Private Practice.  I LOVE Disney movies; Tangled and Moana are my favorite.  I am super excited to by staying here this summer.  

Dragon Mom
book by: Janet Gonzalez-Mena

Janet Gonzalez-Mena, in her thoughtful and honest book, Dragon Mom, describes her own experience with coming to terms with what she calls "the dark side of parenting." Here's how she talks about the challenging part of herself she calls "Dragon Mom":

"Many parents have an irrational dragon in them, and many parents wish they didn't. They also have a voice of reason. The trick is to get one to talk to the other - to build a bridge between the two. You can only do that if you acknowledge the dragon. It has taken me a long time to see that.   I spent years trying to kill off my dragon, or at least make her disappear....Denying the dragon allows her to rage on unchecked...It's impossible to tame or control a monster if you refuse to believe it exists...

You need real feelings to be a parent. In me, those passionate feelings come mainly from the dragon. A lot of her passion is anger, but the intensity of her anger is a demonstration of her capacity for love. If she gets the love and respect she needs from me, she'll be able to give more love to her children...
I've learned a lot in thirty years of parenting. But I'm still working on the most important lesson - to love and forgive myself."

Health Corner

Healthy recipe for a food that is currently in season... Asparagus.

Lemony Roasted Asparagus


  • 1 large bunch (about 1 pound) fresh asparagus
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
My seasonings (use one or all, like I did)
  • Zest and juice of ½ medium lemon, preferably organic
  • Lemon wedges, from the remaining ½ lemon
  • Sprinkle of finely grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • Small handful fresh mint, finely chopped
  • Light sprinkle of red pepper flakes
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Snap off the woody ends of the asparagus (if you sharply bend the asparagus near the base, it will snap in the right place). Discard the ends.
  2. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup. Place the asparagus on the sheet and drizzle with 1 to 2 teaspoons olive oil, just enough to lightly coat the asparagus. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the asparagus, and toss until the spears are lightly coated in oil. Arrange the spears in a single layer on the pan.
  3. Bake until the asparagus is tender and roasted to your desired level of doneness or extra for crispy.  Very thin asparagus, like the kind shown here, will take as little as 10 to 12 minutes, whereas thicker asparagus will need 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Transfer the roasted asparagus to a serving platter and season however you'd like. You could keep it simple with a squeeze of lemon juice, or just Parmesan, or add a pat of butter or drizzle of balsamic vinegar. 

Taken from: Cookie + Kate