American research professor, lecturer, author, and podcast host., Brené Brown said, “Connection is why we’re here. It’s what gives purpose and meaning to our lives… In order for connection to happen, we have to allow ourselves to be seen, really seen.” 

In reality, everyone is fighting an invisible battle of some kind, and knowing this inspires us to extend greater compassion and empathy to those around us. At Children’s Place, we strive daily to provide our kids and families – most of whom are facing seemingly insurmountable barriers and daily trials – with a foundation of acceptance, love and support that allows for the sharing, openness and deeper connection that everyone deserves and needs…no matter what their circumstances are or have been. 

Mark Your Calendar
Check out these fun events we have coming up and join us! 

  • Sunday, August 28 – 2nd Annual Pickleball Fundraiser (more details soon) 

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Oh, What A Night! 

Over 30 years of passion, purpose, and dedication culminated in a night of looking at where we have been, where we are at, and where we are going.  

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CLICK HERE to see more about the Gala festivities and pictures. 

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Summer Programs and more!

Child Thrive has a busy summer, and it all started on June 27. 


The Mission in Action (M.I.A.) program will be held every Monday this summer from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. 


The second year of Mini-Camps is underway Mon – Thurs from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm. We have doubled our reach in only the second year, and we look forward to continuing to grow the program.  

Mental Health
Our partner, JPA, continues to offer mental health counseling on-site (at WHP) every Friday (unless otherwise noted by JPA and/or Ben) from 2:00 to 6:00 pm with Ben. We have also added on a new counselor, Julie, for individuals who prefer service with a female-oriented/gendered person. These services are available to everyone associated with CPA and the West Humboldt Park community. Connect with Diana if you know of anyone who would be interested in scheduling a session:

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Celebrations, Beginnings, Ceremonies, and more!

July 29 – End of Year Celebration
The ELC Families will be celebrating an end-of-year block party with several activities, raffle prizes, and time to rejoice with our school’s community! 


Class Openings beginning August 22
ELC has openings this fall school year for the 2-year-old and preschool 3–5-year-old rooms.

August 17 – Graduation and Moving Up Ceremonies
This year’s festivities will be held at The Salvation Army Freedom Center for children leaving Center Base for kindergarten and those leaving Home Base for preschool. 18 kids are graduating to kindergarten, 7 have been accepted to Charter Schools, 1 to a selective enrollment gifted program, and the rest will be attending local, or choice school options based on parental preference. Most students will be returning for the 22-23 program year. 

Welcome Little Ones
Two families have welcomed new babies this past month, and they will be enrolled in our infant room in August. 

Congratulations Momma
An ELC mom graduated from a phlebotomy program at Malcolm X College and has already accepted a full-time position. 

Congratulations to Maria, ELC’s Receptionist, who just graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education with a specialization in Special Education. 


A Warm Thank You
A parent, leaving our program as their child graduates to kindergarten, after having three of her children go through the program, sent the team a card with this message:  


“3 children of ours

              Have journeyed through this special place.

              And as the last departs,

              We’ll miss your warm embrace.

              The genuine smiles

              And funny faces

              The happy dances

              And silly feet.

              The lessons; each packing their own blessings.

              The list goes on and on.

              But most of all,

              We’ll miss the sheer confidence

              That came from knowing

              We could trust

              The care, the comfort, and the love

              We found at

              The Children’s Place.”


Homeward bound and more!

Successful Adoption
We had another successful adoption for a five-year-old special needs boy, Leon, as he was adopted by his foster mom, Karen. He has thrived under her care along with the support of the Foster Care team.

Supplies for Kids & Families 

Our Foster Care team is looking for help with the following: 

  • Back-to-school supplies for our foster kids  
  • Gift cards for families in need or in crisis 

Contact if you can donate any items. 


Our case manager, Almeta, continues to receive high praise from foster parents. A recent foster parent requested Almeta to be assigned to her case calling her caring, sweet, supportive, and that she is an extremely hard worker and responsive. 

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On the Farm
CPI Northern Haiti New Ventures afterschool program participants in Gonaives recently had the opportunity to visit the John Mélanie Clark agricultural farm. An agronomist was on hand to educate the cohort about local agricultural methods and the profession of agronomy. Participants appreciated the opportunity to learn how agricultural science is applied in their communities and across Haiti. The New Ventures program encourages young people to learn about various career opportunities and how they can make an impact on their communities and country.

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Major Company & Foundation Supporters
Crown Family Philanthropies, Meghan Reilly, LCSW, Inc., Northwestern Medicine, Rossman Family Foundation, Wolff Contracting 


Major Individual Supporters
Pam Andre, Omar Aquino, Brenda Asare, Curtis Austin, Andrew Basso, Diane Bemer, Fredi Bensdorf, David Blocker, Derek Breese, William Bryan, Alan Burack, Rees Candee, Dawn Cardin, Jeffrey Case, Lori Casey, Kelli Caudill, Rose Collins, Erik Conrad, Kristen Daihes, Brandon Davis, Patricia Dechant, Joie DeGraff, Rich Dern, Daniel Dever, Olivia Diddlebock, Brittany Edens, Kyle Edmonds, Lorena Esparza, Joseph Fabusiwa, Ellie Forman, Stephen Gongola, Patrick Hanrahan, Katherine Hapeman, Leo Harmon, Jon Henderson, Bob Holland, Mina Im, Howard Jacob, Eric Jacobson, Dianne Johnson, Norah Jones, Richard Judd, Jackie Kestler, Jeffrey Knight, Daniel Koschik, Joe Kozak, Kurt Kramer, Cathy Krieger, Matt Krizmanich, Molly Kump, Marisa Kurk, Jennifer Kusachi, Binita Kwankin, Stephanie Lackey, Paige Larson, Khun Lebakken, Zach Lehman, Lisa Leslie, Sheryl Lipnick, Danielle Litinsky, Gregg Lunceford, Elizabeth Marek,