Fall into Kindness
The leaves are changing colors, warm aromas of pumpkin spice fill the autumn air, and the season of gratitude and thankfulness is upon us! With fall in full swing, Children’s Place has much to be thankful for from new bikes and stuffed animal buddies for our kids to the start of the new school year for our early learners. It’s thanks to the incredible kindness of generous supporters like you that brings hope and smiles to the children and families we serve.

As we venture into this holiday season, we invite you to “fall into kindness” – whether doing one small, good deed for someone, expressing appreciation for another, or finding your own creative act of kindness.

Donate a Latte 

Did you know the price of a pumpkin spice latte can feed a child for a day? Make a difference in a child’s life by donating a latte (or more) this month and asking your friends and colleagues to do the same!

Mark Your Calendar

Check out these fun events we have coming up, and join us!

Fbmtojvx AeftuHonoring Cathy
Congratulations to our very own Cathy Krieger for being recognized for her lifetime of charity work with Children’s Place Association by the Bright Promises Foundation. The awards ceremony takes place on Tuesday, October 25th. CLICK HERE for more information.

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Build A Bear

Build A Bear
Thanks to team members at Kirkland & Ellis (the world’s largest law firm!), we have lots of new stuffed animals to share with our CPA kids.  It was a wonderful team-building event where we had the opportunity to share our mission and the amazing work we do with their staff. Big shout out to Melissa Nickle from Corporate Teams for making this event possible!

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Build a Bike

And more good news on the donation side. Thanks to team members of Bridge Industrial, we have 20 new bikes to share with our CPA kids.

Build A Bike

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Adopt A Family
It’s that time of year again to bring cheer and hope to families in need during the holiday season. We are gearing up for this big December event where kind-hearted people like you adopt a family to provide gifts for our kids to unwrap, essential supplies, and holiday meals. If you are interested in adopting a family, email adoptafamily@childrens-place.org.


Celebrating Our Clients’ Milestones 
This month, four of our clients got a job, a single mom received her first driver’s permit, and other clients are progressing within their SMART goals. We just held our first quarterly evening celebration of recent accomplishments and came together as a community to honor their progress.

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Thrive Afterschool
We are back with a wonderful start to our after-school program! The Thrive team launched on September 12, and we welcomed back participants from our Thrive Summer Camp Program. We are looking to partner with Kipp One Academy, so look for more updates soon!

Sports Physicals & Pediatric Consultations
We had two wonderful teens take advantage of our sports physicals before their sports season. We offer free school sports physicals and pediatric consultations to the community thanks to our continued partnership with Rush and Dr. Margi.

Sports Physicals

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Mission In Action (M.I.A) 
M.I.A is back at its free, teen-led program for grades 9 through 12 every Monday from 12:30 to 2:30 PM at West Humboldt Place! We are actively looking for participants and volunteers to mentor our teens. For more information, email thrive@childrens-place.org.

Mental Health
Our partner, JPA, continues to offer mental health counseling on-site (at WHP) every Friday from 2:00 to 6:00 PM with Ben. We have also added a new counselor, Julie, for individuals who prefer services with a female-oriented/gendered person. These services are available to everyone associated with CPA and the West Humboldt Park community.  To schedule an appointment, email thrive@childrens-place.org.  

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New School Year 
Throughout September, we continued to welcome new students and families to our center and home-based programs. We are nearing complete enrollment for our Center Based program with 70/73 children and slowly working toward our goal of enrolling 60 children for the Home-Based program.

Parents Board 
With our entire Parent Council and Parent Policy Board leaving at the end of the last program year, we have been searching for new representatives. So far, we have 3 of the 4 spots filled by brand new candidates, and we are very excited to see how they help us manage and advocate for our center!

Early Learners

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Hispanic Heritage Month 
Our center celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month between September 15th and October 15th by learning about the month’s history and the different cultures being honored!

Safety First 
September is Head Start’s Safety Month, where teachers created a curriculum that focused on many aspects of safety, including road safety, the types of protective clothing different professionals wear, all about firefighters and police officers, and even how sunscreen and sunglasses protect our bodies!

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Thank You, Nurse Christina!
Foster parents recently expressed gratitude and appreciation to Christina Gould, our foster care nurse. They reported that Christina has been a huge help to them in navigating the specialty medical services their children need.

Well Done, Almeta
Foster Care Case Manager Almeta Rollins recently completed the required Home Safety Checklists for all her clients.  While this massive project is still underway – due 10/31/2022 – Almeta jumped in and completed her part by the end of September.

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Crisis in Haiti 
The crisis in Haiti continues to deepen with no end in sight as the political situation is feeding a security crisis, which in turn fuels a downward spiral of the economy resulting in a devastating impact on children, families, and our partners. There are severe fuel shortages, drinking water, food, and other necessities. Many Haitian families remain trapped at home.

As one of our partners, Coralie Noisette of Zanmi Lasante / Partners in Health Haiti, recently shared with us, “The direct consequences of this instability will be heightened rates of malnutrition, increased mental health cases…and worsening health and social outcomes.”

While conditions in Haiti are extremely difficult, children, youth, and young adults are enrolled in school. They are receiving health and nutritional support, as are their families. We remain 100% committed to them and to the over 300 children, youth, young adults, and their families in our programs. CLICK HERE to donate to support our humanitarian aid.

Childrens Place International

Place the Hope 
Children’s Place International is gearing up for a big year with its annual Place the Hope campaign!

The Place the Hope campaign brings in crucial support for medically fragile youth living in extreme poverty across Africa and the Caribbean. Support goes to their most pressing needs so they can survive into adulthood and share their unique gifts with the world.

This year, we have three urgent areas of our work that we’re supporting through the campaign:

  • Children with cancer in Tanzania
  • Vulnerable youth in the Dominican Republic
  • HIV+ youth and families in Haiti

The campaign will run until the end of the calendar year, and all are invited to get involved in this life-saving work. Stay tuned for more details!

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Major Company & Foundation Supporters
Jackson National Life & Insurance Company 

Major Individual Supporters
Marjorie Benton, Katherine Hapeman, Joe Hmieleski, James Johnson, Alanna M. Kerstein, Binita Kwankin, Mary Ann and Jim Sloand, Melinda Steffey, Pauline Taylor, Tina and Tom Vujovich, Stanley W. Zajac 

In-Kind Donations