Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Summer Dress Code & Sunscreen Policy


The first day of summer may be June 20th, but the weather is starting to feel like it's already here. Lets talk about CCCB's summer dress code....

Please dress your child in clean, comfortable play clothes so that he/she can move freely from one activity to another. We will be very active and not always tidy, so please do not let children wear any “special clothes”. GYM SHOES PLEASE! Shoes should have non-skid soles and closed-in toes. If your child comes in any other type of shoe, it may limit their involvement in many of our activities. ABSOLUTELY NO OPEN-TOED SHOES! Classrooms are required to go outside daily, so please be sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather.

Children may go outside as long as it is under 95 F, including the heat index. Hats and sunglasses can, and should, be worn outside, but are not allowed to be worn indoors. Backless or strapless shirts are not allowed. Water shoes or flip-flops may be worn outside only during water play, so be sure to send extra shoes for them to wear inside.

As always, a change of clothes is recommended.  Please check your child's cubby and make sure you switch out the winter/spring clothing to something more summer appropriate .


Sunscreen Policy:
It is highly recommended by the Cook County Department of Public Health that children’s skin be protected from the sun while at the pool or engaging in other outdoor water activities. Sunscreen should be applied by the parent daily before arrival at the Center. Parents should also send the sunscreen of their choice, labeled with their child’s name (in permanent waterproof marker). The product will be applied by the children with staff assistance at the Center prior to scheduled water play activities. Because of the importance of this type of protection, any child who does not have their own sunscreen will be given sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 45.

Now let the summer fun begin!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Pre-K Program Open Enrollment | Aceptando Aplicaciones par el programa pre-k

Now accepting open enrollment for 2017-2018 Pre-K Programs.
Pre-K is offered at multiple CCCB locations and serves children 3-5 years of age (children must be 3 by August 22). Our Pre-K is a half day program (2.5 hours).
Please contact 708-652-1202 for more information and availability.

May Book of the Month: Three Little Tamales


Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a fun story of three little Tamales that run away from a restaurant because they don't want to be eaten. They settle in three different style homes. The story is a twist on the classic tale of The Three Little Pigs. Will the Señor Lobo huff and puff and blow their casita down like a Texas tornado? Bilingual text and adorable illustrations make this a wonderful story that kids will enjoy! 

We couldn't find specific tamale themed craft but that doesn't mean we didn't find a fun collection of preschool crafts for Cinco de Mayo.  

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

2017 Patricia Makris Memorial Award

2017 Patricia Makris Memorial Award

In January of 1981, the Reverend Diane C. Johnson accepted the call to be the Pastor of the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Cicero.  Growing up in a small town farming community in Minnesota, Cicero was a big city to Diane.  As she took on her pastoral position and began getting to know her congregation and new community, she was encouraged to contact Pat Makris from The Children’s Center.  Diane was told she needs to meet Pat because she is “a mover and a shaker”.

Diane made an appointment to see Pat.  The way Pat was described, Diane was a bit nervous.  She found her to be friendly, open and down to earth.  Pat gave her a tour of the Grant Works site.  Diane began coming to the annual dinners and met other staff and volunteers at The Children’s Center.  These ties to the Children’s Center were strengthened in 2001 when Clement Presbyterian Church, home of the Grants Work site, asked her to serve as their part-time Pastor, splitting her time between Gethsemane and Clement.  Diane C. Johnson has always been dedicated, kind and helping in every way to The Children’s Center. 

Inspired by the commitment and enthusiasm of Pat and others, Diane became involved with the community.  She joined the Girl Scouts, serving on the Board and working on the cookie sales with troops. She became the President of the Board of the Cicero-Berwyn-Stickney Food Pantry when it was incorporated in 1989. She was active in the Interfaith Leadership Project and the Neighborhood Center of Cicero.  She serves on the Board of Directors for Family Service of Cicero, Rotary Club of Cicero-Berwyn-Stickney, and Riverside Branch of AAUW. At church, she has touched the lives of many young people through Bible School, youth group activities, and summer camp, and teaching confirmation classes.

This “all” brings us to the present; Reverend Diane C. Johnson is the Pastor of the Gethsemane Lutheran Church.  In addition to her relationship with The Children’s Center of Cicero-Berwyn, she has involved herself in the Cicero community for over 36 years.  She has dedicated time to local organizations involving children, families in need, and seniors.  

We are proud to present the 2017 Patricia Makris Memorial Award to
 Reverend Diane C. Johnson