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


September 2               Katie's Kids Closed for Labor Day
September 4               Creative Movement Begins(3-5 years of age) 
September 14             Celebrate Katie's Kids 10 Year Anniversary
September 14             Saturday Night Live at Fort Jesse
September 24             Preschool Field Trip to Rader Farm 
September 28             Day of Play in Uptown Normal


Katie's Kids Closed
for Labor Day

September 2

September 24

Come check out Katie's Kids booth and have a day of fun playing in Uptown Normal.   
Staff Kudos!

Do you have a positive moment you want to share about Katie's Kids...
a compliment, a moment of recognition, or a thanks for being you.  
If so, we want to hear it! 

We have created a new Google form called Katie's Kids Kudos. The form is easy for you to access from home, so no need to take extra time at pick up and drop off. Simply click on the button below, fill out the form, and submit. 

We will want to recognize our staff throughout the year!

Meals To Go
Tuesday Nights

Check the posted flyers for the weekly meal 
Saturday Night Live
September 14  5:00 -10:00 p.m.
KKLC @ 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.  

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.

10 Things Every Parent Should Know About Play

1. Children learn through their play.   Don't underestimate the value of play. Children learn and develop:
cognitive skills - like math and problem solving in a pretend grocery store
physical abilities - like balancing blocks and running on the playground
new vocabulary - like the words they need to play with toy dinosaurs
social skills - like playing together in a pretend car wash
literacy skills - like creating a menu for a pretend restaurant
2. Play is healthy.   Play helps children grow strong and healthy. It also counteracts obesity issues facing many children today.
3. Play reduces stress.   Play helps your children grow emotionally. It is joyful and provides an outlet for anxiety and stress.
4. Play is more than meets the eye.   Play is simple and complex. There are many types of play: symbolic, sociodramatic, functional, and games with rules--to name just a few. Researchers study play's many aspects: how children learn through play, how outdoor play impacts children's health, the effects of screen time on play, to the need for recess in the school day.
5. Make time for play.   As parents, you are the biggest supporters of your children's learning. You can make sure they have as much time to play as possible during the day to promote cognitive, language, physical, social, and emotional development.
6. Play and learning go hand-in-hand.   They are not separate activities. They are intertwined. Think about them as a science lecture with a lab. Play is the child's lab.
7. Play outside.   Remember your own outdoor experiences of building forts, playing on the beach, sledding in the winter, or playing with other children in the neighborhood. Make sure your children create outdoor memories too.
8. There's a lot to learn about play.
9. Trust your own playful instincts.   Remember as a child how play just came naturally? Give your children time for play and see all that they are capable of when given the opportunity.
10. Play is a child's context for learning.   Children practice and reinforce their learning in multiple areas during play. It gives them a place and a time for learning that cannot be achieved through completing a worksheet. For example, in playing restaurant, children write and draw menus, set prices, take orders, and make out checks. Play provides rich learning opportunities and leads to children's success and self-esteem.