Meet Ms. Breeze and Shannon

Even after her son left home, Helen Breeze knew that she had more love to give and that other children needed the love and safety of a good home. Helen adopted Shannon, and her older sister Shyanna, when Shannon was eighteen month’s old.

Helen noticed that as Shannon grew, her arm strength and dexterity were not developing as they should so she took Shannon to a physical therapist, who provided treatment and recommended ChildServ’s early childhood learning programs, which promote physical, social and emotional development in kids.

Helen immediately signed up for our 0-3
program, and started meeting every other week with Jennifer, one of our Parent Educators. During their in-home visits, Jennifer worked with Helen and Shannon on new activities aimed at building motor skills while also encouraging reading so that Shannon reached important developmental milestones.

Ms. Breeze remembers seeing improvement in Shannon’s arms after only two months of daily practice of an activity that involved Shannon picking up and moving blocks from one place to another.

“Shannon and I practiced that block activity every day, and after a while, her arms got stronger and she was able to do things she wasn’t able to before.”

As soon as Shannon turned three, she was ready for ChildServ’s 3-5-year-old early learning program, which focuses on preparing kids to succeed in school. Shannon excelled in that program and graduated in Spring of 2016. She now attends kindergarten and gets straight A’s.

“I tell everyone I can about ChildServ’s program because it works,” said Ms. Breeze. “I even signed my granddaughter up for the 0-3 program so that she can be ready for school too.”



ChildServ's first Year of Future Leaders campaign, #MyResolution, was a huge success, reaching 84,253 people across the state of Illinois. Thanks to all those who submitted their videos!

Stay tuned for the next step we're taking to help kids reach their potential and lead in their personal, family and professional lives. 

Watch President and CEO Dan Kotowski's #MyResolution recap.

ChildServ's Legacy Banquet

On Sunday, March 5, we hosted our Legacy Banquet, celebrating 123 years of building better lives for children at risk!

The event featured an exploration of our United Methodist roots, reflections from former residents of the Lake Bluff Children's Home - forerunner to our modern day agency - and the presentation of the Lucy Rider Meyer Courage Award to Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago for their amazing partnership and work in helping kids reach their potential by improving their health and well-being.

Thanks to those who attended for their support, as well as the Lake Bluff History Museum for providing artifacts for display! 

February Parent Forum in Elgin

At the Elgin parent forum in February, the parents in our 0-3 early education program talked about healthy relationships, which are vital to the growth and development of their children.

The kids, meanwhile, colored hearts for Valentine's Day and played with puzzle books, working on motor skills, creativity and problem-solving.

ChildServ's Auxiliary Board Spring Happy Hour

Join ChildServ's Auxiliary Board on Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Chicago for its Spring Happy Hour to benefit ChildServ's early childhood learning programs.

For details and to purchase tickets, click
ChildServ is participating in the DuPage Human Race 5k Run/Fitness Walk in Downers Grove on May 6, 2017.

To register or donate now, click
here, or sign-up tomorrow, March 17, using the coupon code LUCKYRACER and receive $5 off your race fee!

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