Meet Antionette and Jamal

Antionette was 17 when she enrolled her two-year-old son Jamal in ChildServ’s Lake County in-home early childhood learning program for kids ages 0-3. Jamal and Antionette lived with her disabled mother at the time, and had heard about the program from a friend who had been helped by ChildServ.

Antionette needed help finding extra diapers, 
clothing and a new car seat but more importantly, wanted to make sure that Jamal was ready for school.

She met with Rosanna, her Parent Educator, to discuss Jamal’s developmental plan, and during their home visits, she introduced Antionette and Jamal to activities to improve his early math, 
motor and literacy skills. They practiced counting, “Dressing Teddy” and drawing and writing. Rosanna provided information on toilet training and the importance of reading with Jamal to strengthen the parental bond and build vocabulary as well.

Antionette also wanted to continue her education, so they created an action plan for her. Rosanna helped find an ACT preparation course so that she could take the test and qualify for college. During each visit, Antionette and Rosanna reviewed her plan and eventually, she took the ACT and was accepted at Northern Illinois University where she’s studying to become a physical therapist.

A year later, Jamal and Antionette graduated from the program and transitioned into a local Head Start program recommended by Rosanna. Jamal is potty-trained and on-track to succeed in kindergarten, and Antionette is thrilled about being back in school.

“I can’t thank Rosanna and ChildServ enough for all their help. My son is doing well and I’m excited to be able to continue my education.”

Help Antionette, Jamal and all of our early childhood children and families to have a great start in life and reach developmental milestones. Donate today! 

Parent-led activities highlight Parent Forum

At this month's Parent Forum for our early learning program in the South Suburbs, moms and dads enjoyed helping their children improve their fine motor skills by making calming jars and sponge paintings. They also worked on tactile recognition, allowing the kids to explore and discover items in the mystery box.

Sasser Day of Service

On August 11, 19 employees from our longtime corporate partner, Sasser Family Holdings, Inc., volunteered at our Naperville group home, gardening, organizing and staining the fence.

They did an amazing job, and we can't thank them enough for making the teenage girls who live there feel special!

"Power with Purpose" Service Day

In Late August, 23 volunteers from Power Construction Company, LLC in Chicago, one of our new corporate partners, came out for some early fall clean-up at to our Downers Grove group home. They spent the day gardening, painting and power washing and made the house look great for the teenage girls in the home.

We appreciate Power's tremendous support and commitment to helping our youth have a safe place to live, learn and become empowered adults. 

Let's Celebrate!

Join us at our annual Founder's Day Gala on October 27, for a night of fun and celebration, commemorating ChildServ's 124th year of building better lives for children.

Information on table and ad sponsorships can be found here, and tickets can be purchased through our website.  

See you there!
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