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

March 3                      Rescheduled date for Bloom School 
                                               Mindfulness & Movement
March 14                    Sharin' of the Green Parade 1 pm in uptown Normal   
March 14                    Saturday Night Live @ Fort Jesse
March 16-20              Scholastic Book Fair
March 23-27              Spring Break for School Age       


March 10            Unit 5 Kindergarten Registration       
Children reaching the age of 5 on or before September 1, 2020, will be eligible for enro llment in kindergarten and should register at their home school.  Click on the link below your child's school and times.   

April 9               District 87 Kindergarten Registration
Pre-Registration for all District 87 schools.  Call your child's home school to make an appointment.  

*Times available:  9-11/1-3/4-6
Tuition Rates Increase- April 6
Just a reminder that with the changes to the minimum wage policy we will be raising tuition rates again as of April 6th. Only full time 5 days a week rates will be affected this time.  The new rates are as follows:

Infant: $332
Toddler/Two: $308
Preschool: $288

We will be sending out new financial agreements in the coming weeks. Please turn them back into us as soon as you can. 
Saturday Night Live

March 14
Katie's Kids @ Fort Jesse

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.  

New pricing as of 1/2/2020
6 weeks - 35 months old: $40 ($25 for siblings in this age group)
3 years - 10 years old: $35 ($20 for siblings in this age group)

New No Call/No Show Policy as of 2/21/2020
We know that plans can change at the last minute. If you sign up for SNL but have to cancel, please call the center by 6 pm on Friday to cancel at no charge. 
However, if you do not cancel by 6pm Friday, you will be charged the full price. We consider this, no call no show and your account will be charged.
The more healthy relationships a child has, the more likely he will be to recover from trauma and thrive. Relationships are the agents of change and the most powerful therapy is human love.

-Dr. Bruce Perry

Sharin' the Green Parade

March 14 @ 1 pm
Uptown Normal

Join us in walking in the parade or make it a family event & attend the parade.  Make sure to watch for us.  

This event supports Children and Home and Aid in our community.   

Help spread the word of Katie's Kids!
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.  

Young children need the same variety of nutrient-rich foods as older kids and adults, just in smaller quantities. As portions have gotten bigger, some parents and caregivers have developed a distorted view of the amount of food toddlers and preschoolers need. Feeding children becomes less frustrating and less complicated when adults know what kids need to grow well and be healthy.

Defining a Young Child's Serving Size
An appropriate serving size for children 2 to 3 years of age is about one-half an adult serving. This rule of thumb is based on serving sizes recommended by MyPlate, not portions served in many restaurants. The recommendations are a general guideline based on age and activity level. So a serving of bread for a 2- to 3-year-old would be half of a slice.

Foods Young Children Need
Most 2- to 3-year-old children need to consume about 1,000 to 1,400 calories per day. Here's how to distribute those calories in a healthy eating plan:
  • Grain Group: About 3 to 5 ounces of grains per day, preferably half of them whole grains. For example, that is one or two slices of bread plus one ounce ready-to-eat cereal and 1 cup cooked rice or pasta.
  • Vegetable Group: 1 to 1½ cups raw or cooked vegetables per day. Like adults, young kids need variety of vegetables and include dark green, red and orange ones: mashed sweet potatoes, broccoli with low-fat dip or tomato sauce for pasta.
  • Fruit Group: 1 to 1½ cups fresh, frozen, canned, or dried fruits per day. Limit fruit juice to 4 to 6 ounces per day. Emphasize whole fruits rather than juice. Kids love melon balls, mandarin oranges (fresh or canned in juice) and frozen berries.
  • Milk Group: 2 to 2½ cups cups per day. Whole milk is recommended for children younger than 2. Older children can have lower-fat, calcium-rich choices such as fat-free or low-fat milk and soy milk, yogurt and cheese.
  • Protein Group: 2 to 4 ounces total per day. Mix up protein foods with lean meats, poultry, seafood, eggs, soy products, cooked beans (black, pinto, kidney), unsalted nuts and nut butters.
What to Do About Snacks, Sweet Drinks and Desserts
Plan two to three small snacks at set times during the day to refuel small, active bodies. Choose foods from the  MyPlate food groups. Make small servings of sweet drinks and desserts "sometimes" foods. MyPlate recommends to limit sodium to 1,500 milligrams per day, saturated fat to 11-16 grams per day and added sugars to 25-35 grams per day for young children.

For more information about eating plans and serving sizes for preschoolers, visit  ChooseMyPlate.gov .