WASHINGTON, D.C., January 8, 2020 – The National AfterSchool Association (NAA), the voice of the afterschool profession and lead organization for the advancement of afterschool professionals and leaders has selected Krista Beach, Assistant Program Director at Ivy League Kids in Mokena as one of NAA’s 2020 Next Generation of Afterschool Leaders. In selecting it Next Generation of Afterschool […]

Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Items on the Market for Active Kids

It’s that time of year. Flashy decorations, fantastic food, family traditions, hot drinks, and Christmas music abound. And oh yeah—gift buying. Getting the perfect gift for those you love can be a stressful endeavor, especially when it’s for a child. Fortunately, there are guides like this one that can help light the way to a […]

Nominate A Family In Need This Holiday Season

We’re hoping to make this Christmas a little brighter for a deserving family in need. We will be providing them with gifts & a scholarship to our before and after school program. But we need your help! Do you know a family who could benefit? *Nominations close November 22nd, 2019. Self-Nominations not accepted

Traveling With Kids Doesn’t Have to Be Stressful: Ideas for Making Family Trips Smooth

Kids get bored easily, so it’s no surprise when they act up while traveling, making a racket in the backseat of the car or while wandering around the airport. That’s bound to test your patience if you’re hitting the road this holiday season. You can take the stress out of the experience by planning some […]

Simple and Budget-Friendly Ways to Get to Sleep

The inability to sleep is a serious matter for anyone, regardless of age or physical condition. Poor sleep can have a number of serious effects on your health, threaten your hormones and brain function, and can lead to weight gain and leave you vulnerable to illness. People who find themselves in such a situation often […]

Chicago Sun Times – Making really big plans for second year of “Get Kids Hooked on Fishing”

Ryan ‘‘Ski’’ Kwiecinski was in high school when Kevin Miller moved into his south-suburban neighborhood with a bass boat. That connection turned into something more when Miller came up with a spur-of-the-moment idea last year to get kids fishing and do fundraising, too. Kwiecinski helped Miller pull off ‘‘Get Kids Hooked on Fishing’’ in less […]

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