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Parent Advisory Committee (PAC)

Research shows that children are more successful when their parents are involved in their classroom experience. Enrich your child’s learning experience by donating your time and effort as a member of Northeastern Illinois University Child Care Center’s Parent Advisory Committee (PAC).

Benefits of attending PAC meetings include:

  1. Play a positive part in creating the best Child Care Center possible for your child
  2. Model to your child the importance of taking a leadership role in the community
  3. Meet other parents who have children attending the Center
  4. Receive monthly updates from Elfriede Weber about recent developments at the Center
  5. Raise additional funds that add to your child's education and enrichment
  6. Get a behind-the-scenes view of Center activities
  7. Ensure the future of PAC—most of those currently attending meetings have children in the Busy Bee Room and will not be continuing at the Center next fall
  8. Have a voice in the future of the Center

All parents of children enrolled at the Center are eligible to be members. The PAC's role is to provide constructive input and support the Center through fundraising and volunteer efforts that directly benefit all of the children and teachers at the Center. The PAC organizes several activities each year including a welcome back potluck dinner, a walk-a-thon, a children's art show, Spring Fest raffle, teacher appreciation lunches and other fundraisers throughout the year.

The PAC meets the second week of each month for one hour to discuss Center-wide issues and to plan events. Meeting notices are posted on the Parent Board in advance, and child care for students of the Center and their siblings is available until 6 p.m.

You are encouraged to attend and share ideas or volunteer for an event; there are opportunities to help big or small. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of the PAC co-chairs.

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Food Service

Your child’s meals and snacks are provided by Dee's Catering Service. Please visit News and Announcements to view the current menu at the Center.

Activities

Each classroom provides age-appropriate, seasonal activities throughout the year for children to participate and learn. Such activities include Fire Prevention Week, Pajama Day and other monthly themes. Please visit News and Announcements to read the latest in monthly plans for each classroom.

Open House

Held annually in November, an open house is held for parents to meet classroom teachers and learn about the Center.

Spring Show (May)

One evening each year, the children sing and dance on stage for their parents. This adorable, musical show is held in NEIU's Auditorium and videotaped. DVDs may be purchased as a keepsake.

Field Trips

Children enjoy a variety of field trips throughout the year to such places as Pirate's Cove in Elk Grove Village.

Additional Programs and Activities

The following optional programs and activities are available for an additional fee. Most programs and activities take place in the afternoon so as not to disrupt time in the classroom. Please contact the Child Care Center office for current rates and availability.

Kinderdance®

Kinderdance® is the original nationwide dance, motor development, gymnastics and fitness program that combines academic readiness skills that are specifically designed for children ages 2 to 12. What makes Kinderdance® unique is that all of our programs incorporate educational concepts in a developmentally designed curriculum that teaches to the total child. We place special emphasis on building self-confidence and self-esteem in young children.

My Gym Mobile

The My Gym program is designed to promote health and fitness as a lifelong habit in a positive and nurturing environment. Our highly trained teacher and award-winning classes have earned My Gym the reputation as the best physical early learning program of its kind. Each week, your child participates in a 30-minute class that includes fitness activities, games, relays, sports, songs, dance, puppets and other original activities. My Gym Kids have fun as they exercise and gain strength, balance, coordination, agility, flexibility and social skills. The most important benefit we offer, however, is the building of confidence and self-esteem.

Joel Frankel

Have your child explore the magic and wonder of music with Joel Frankel’s “Musical Merriment.” Each weekly musical session features singing, finger plays, stories, instrument play-alongs and plenty of movement and dance. We even make our own instruments for playing at home. The program also focuses on familiar songs of the seasons, songs and instruments of other world cultures, and supports themes covered by the Center’s staff.

Fundraising

Box Tops for Education

Box Tops for Education® is one of the nation’s largest school fundraising loyalty programs and has been helping schools succeed since 1996. With more than 250 participating products, it’s an easy way for schools to earn cash for the things they need.

  • More than 90,000 K-8 schools participate nationwide.
  • Each Box Tops coupon is worth 10¢, and they add up fast.
  • Schools may use their Box Tops cash to buy whatever they need most, from books to field trips to playgrounds.
  • Since 1996, America’s schools have earned more than $525 million from Box Tops.

Target REDcard® Take Charge of Education Program

Support your child’s education at the Center every time you shop. Take Charge of Education is an exclusive benefit of the Target REDcard® program. Teachers, parents, grandparents, alumni, friends, neighbors — anyone who supports the Center—is welcome.

Every time you shop, you benefit with 5 percent savings, and the Center benefits with up to 1 percent on Target purchases for the Debit, Credit and Target Visa REDcards and one half of a percent everywhere else when the Target Visa Credit Card is used. Then, the Center spends the money on the things they need, from books and reading programs to field trips. There is no charge to the account holder. Target donates money based on the total amount spent by the account holder (not including cash advances, balance transfers and purchases of other cash equivalents), minus returns and sales tax.

The more people involved, the harder the program works. Get started at Target.com/TCOE or call 1-800-316-6142 to designate the Center as your school, then encourage others to sign up.

Northeastern Child Care Center’s School ID is: 111466

Scholastic Book Fair

Participating in our Scholastic Book Fair is another great way to support the Center’s reading efforts. Students, parents and teachers love Book Fairs for a number of reasons, including:

  • They provide easy access to a wide assortment of books.
  • They give kids a choice in what inspires them to read more.
  • Book Fairs involve family, which demonstrates to kids that reading is important.

KidStuff Coupon Books

KidStuff offers localized coupon books throughout the United States as school fundraisers. The coupon books are filled with hundreds of 50 percent off and 2-for-1 local discounts on family-friendly destinations for dining, groceries, shopping, services, attractions and more. Throughout the 16 months that most KidStuff Coupon Books’ coupons are valid, families quickly save more than the $25.00 cost of the book with great coupons for shopping, family activities and food.

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