Beaded Wind Chimes for Kids

It’s Summertime here and what’s the best thing to keep the kids busy? A kid’s craft, of course!! Kids LOVE craft projects at any age and what better project for summer than a colorful wind chime? The best thing about this project is that you are free to adjust the size to your taste. Want […]

Provider Newsletter | July 21, 2022

New Training Requirements Effective July 1, 2022, all license-exempt (not licensed by DCFS) non-relative child care providers who are approved to receive payments through the IDHS Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) must adhere to the training requirements listed below.  Current providers must complete the training requirements before September 30, 2022, to receive payment for new […]

Let’s Make Some Jellyfish

Every summer, children visit their local aquarium and are always in awe of the beautiful jellyfish swimming around in their tanks. They especially love the ones that change colors in the dark. They inspired us to suggest this colorful jellyfish craft with you today. The best part, it requires no paint so if you’ve been on the […]

Provider Newsletter | June 21, 2022

GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES NATION-LEADING INVESTMENTS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD Over $175 million in funding to support child care providers & families Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) today announced new investments that strengthen and grow Illinois’ early childhood education and care field. These investments continue advancing Illinois as a leading state in the […]

Flutter by, Butterflies

With just five supplies from the local bargain store and a few household supplies, you can tie dye coffee filters with washable markers to create dozens of gorgeous butterflies!  This is a fun craft idea for anytime of year and very inexpensive to make.  Materials: Coffee Filters Washable Markers Chenille Stems (Pipe cleaners) Pony Beads […]

Craft: Dreamcatchers

How much fun could your kids have making their own dreamcatchers?  TONS!!!  The only thing holding them back is imagination!  All you need is some paper plates, a variety of colored yarn and something to color with – paint, pens, or markers and perhaps some glitter or beads and some colored feathers. Carefully remove the […]

Making Giant Bubbles

Ingredients: 6 Cups of Water 1/2 Cup of Dish Soap* 1/2 Cup of Cornstarch 1 Tbsp of Baking Powder 1 Tbsp Glycerin** *Dawn Dish Soap (blue) seems to work the best  **Wilton Glycerin can be found in cake decorating sections of craft stores too.  Mix-it-up:  Use a large dishpan.  Slowly mix the ingredients together and […]