November 2020
Special Events
November 1st: Time Change

November 4th:
No School Day Unit 5
Election Day

November 25th:
No School Day Unit 5

Nov. 26th - 27th:
Closed for Thanksgiving

Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
Please let us know if your family needs to change your days of attendance for this week or if your child will not be in attendance.

Hours of Operation:
Hours of operation will remain 7am to 5pm through November. If your family needs to make adjustments to your drop off and pick up times, please communicate with Tia.

Drop off and Pick Up:
With the colder weather approaching, we are asking families to stay with their scheduled pick up and drop off times. We will be offering parents and guardians to come into the lobby when it starts to get cold. Please remember to wear masks and stay 6 feet apart. We are also asking you not to pass the lobby area.
October 05, 2020

Dear Parent:


You have selected Katie's Kids at The Links, an early learning program that has achieved the Silver Circle of Quality through ExceleRate Illinois, the state's quality recognition and improvement system for early learning and development programs. ExceleRate Illinois recognizes a program's commitment to quality beyond the basic state licensing requirements (which cover seven broad areas including staffing, programming, health, safety and hygiene).

The Silver Circle of Quality shows that your child's program has gone the extra mile to make sure your child receives the enhanced learning and care experience. What does this ExceleRate Illinois Circle of Quality mean to you and your child? Regardless of the specific Circle of Quality, recognition by ExceleRate Illinois shows that your child's program has met specific standards of quality and is helping to give your child a good start in learning and in life.

About ExceleRate Illinois

ExceleRate Illinois focuses on four areas: 1. Teaching and Learning, 2. Family and Community Engagement, 3. Leadership and Management and 4. Qualifications and Continuing Education. The Silver Circle of Quality recognizes completion of a rigorous self-assessment and implementation of a continuous quality improvement process, as verified by an independent assessor. Silver Circle programs meet or exceed specific quality benchmarks on learning environment and instructional quality, along with selected program business standards; provider qualifications; and professional development.

For more information on ExceleRate Illinois, please visit:

Thank you for recognizing the importance of quality early learning programs for your family.

We encourage you to take a moment to congratulate your program's director and staff on their achievement.


Cynthia L, Tate, Ph.D., Executive Director, Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development
Tim Verry, Acting Director, Division of Family and Community Services
Carisa Hurley, Director, Early Childhood, Illinois State Board of Education
George Vennikandam, Deputy Director, Licensing Division, Illinois DCFS

Mask Policy: All adults and children 2 years and older are now required to wear masks. Masks must be worn by children at all times tolerable except during meal times, nap time, and while playing outside. Katie's Kids REQUIRES all family members who drop off and pick up children to wear a mask. Please also maintain a 6 foot distance from others as you wait. These procedures are set to keep your family, other families, and our staff safe and healthy.

Family Pledge: The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases are rising in McLean County. Please continue to be mindful of your pledge to KKLC. We can not keep our children safe without you and your dedication to health and safety. You can help by doing the following:
  1. Continue to take precautions to limit your exposure as you move about in the community.
  2. Wash your hands often and wear your mask in group settings.
  3. If your child or someone in your household shows sign of illness, please use a cautious approach when deciding to send your child to school.
  4. If someone in your household shows signs of COVID-19 and needs to be tested, please keep your children at home until the results are known.
School Age...
Katie's Kids will continue to provide e-learning on days your child does not attend in person instruction. According to the original 2020-2021 school calendar, the children will not have a in person instruction or online learning on the following days. Katie's Kids will offer a program on no school days.
  • November 3rd
  • November 25th
Getting Healthy...
At Katie's Kids Learning Center, we are committed to providing the best possible nutrition to you and your family. We hope you enjoy the following recipe:
Sweet Potato Salad
Ideas for home...
Indoor Obstacle Course
To cold to go outside? Kids need to burn off some energy? Try building an indoor obstacle course in your house!

Share your positive moments!
Do you have any positive moments you want to share about our staff? If so, we want to hear and share them! Simply click on the button below, fill out the form, and submit.

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.
Car Seat Check Station: Remaining Dates

Certified car seat technicians will provide an opportunity for parents and caregivers to learn about child passenger safety and have their car seat checked for proper use and installation. Visit the the link below to see the remaining dates for this year.

Connect to Our Class Page: 

Class Code: PQGXH

Link to November Flyers:

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