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Crittenton Centers: Festival of Trees

11/28/2019 9:30 PM

The Festival of Trees aims to spread the holiday spirit while also using proceeds from the festival to help Crittenton Centers programs like its Crisis Nursery, Child Development Center, along with other programs and resources it provides the Peoria area.

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In Times of Need, Use Crittenton Centers' Crisis Nursery

10/18/2019 12:00 PM

A single mother of two young children receives a call in the middle of the night about her father being involved in a major car accident. The hospital informs her that he needs immediate surgery and as next of kin she needs to sign off for the procedure. She knows she won’t be able to properly make decisions for her father while also taking care of her kids, stressing her out even further...

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Learning Knows No Barriers at Crittenton

9/24/2019 8:00 AM

With summer winding down and labor day well behind us, kids everywhere are getting reaccustomed to early mornings and long days full of learning. The education a child receives in their first five years of life form the stepping stones for a lifetime of learning. All children deserve a chance to learn in an environment that is safe, fun, and nurturing...

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Kenzie Hart's donation to the Crisis Nursery - 2016

A Gift That Keeps On Giving

7/19/2019 9:00 AM

A Gift That Keeps On Giving One thing that never fails to bring a smile to my face is the gift of giving. However, many people seem to ...

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Moving Boxes

Family Services Coordinator

3/27/2017 8:04 AM

During the past two years in my role as Family Services Coordinator, I have observed many families’ stories. These stories are one that needed to be shared....

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What a Day

2/1/2017 12:00 AM

What A Day…Have you ever said to yourself what a day with a sigh?

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Collage of Kids reading books

"Just one more, please!"

1/22/2017 3:48 PM

It is such a pleasure to hear the children in our Child Development Center (CDC) daycare and preschool requesting "just one more, please!"

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Top Ten Thankful Things

11/11/2016 12:00 AM

November is definitely the season of gratitude and thankfulness! The month is spent in anticipation of gathering with friends, family and loved ones on Thanksgiving to celebrate and reflect on the countless number of things we have to be thankful for...

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Making History Every Day

11/5/2016 12:15 PM

When I was in college what now seems like another life time ago, I was a secondary education major with an emphasis in history. My ambition at that time was to teach history and coach soccer on the high school level. This was partially due to two reasons; I was inspired by a couple of teachers (thank you Mr. Bonine and Mr. Lawson), and I have always enjoyed learning about and from history...

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It takes a village

10/23/2016 9:49 PM

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Teaching Gratitude

10/14/2016 8:28 AM

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Being on the Winning Team

10/7/2016 2:59 PM

I particularly love fall mornings, when the sky is a brilliant blue while contrasting against the changing colors of the leaves on the trees. For me, this is one of the most beautiful, picturesque view during the fall. Then, as you step outside and breathe in that first breath of crisp air...

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Day of Caring

9/23/2016 8:52 PM

September is one of my favorite months at Crittenton Centers. For all of the reasons you might expect like cooler fall temperatures, the “back to school” feel that permeates the Child Development Center, and the bustle surrounding preparation for our holiday events. But, there is one annual event in September that really gets me excited and gives me the “feels” -- Day of Caring!! ...

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It takes time…

8/26/2016 6:37 PM

It takes time…. The generational effect of helping one person in Crisis… Years ago as a Crisis Nursery Coordinator, I met a mother that would change the way I think about “if you can help just one person..."

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An Olympic Size Send Off...

8/19/2016 9:42 PM

Our teachers always go above and beyond to make sure the educational experiences at Crittenton Centers’ Child Development Center are both fun and meaningful. This week proved again how much our teachers care about each child...

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How did Kids' Day get started?

7/29/2016 9:32 AM

Despite the excessive heat warning, the 10th annual Kids' Day was a great success again this year. We are often asked, "Where do these events come from?" Kids' Day started as an idea from a local group of community entrepreneurs called, Active Community Entrepreneurs (ACE)...

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Where Does Food Come From?

7/25/2016 11:48 AM

If you ask a child, ”Where does food come from?”… you might get an answer of, “From the store”. Children at Crittenton Centers look out their classroom window knowing food does not magically appear at the store. It takes seeds, sun, water and hard work from dedicated volunteers.

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The Burning Question

7/8/2016 3:29 PM

Doing business in Illinois as a not for profit has been difficult for many years due to the annual budget debacle, which has created chaos and challenges in a variety of ways. I participated in an interview for local media recently, and the burning question was in regards to what will you . . . Crittenton Centers do if there is no budget on July 1st?

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Every child has their own story...

6/3/2016 3:17 PM

Since my arrival at Crittenton Centers a little over a year ago, I have been asked many questions about the work that takes place here. Some questions have been very specific while others have been general in nature. Oftentimes the response by those asking is similar...

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Graduation Day!

5/27/2016 11:11 AM

With a standing room only crowd this week, we watched 16 preschoolers graduate from Crittenton Centers. Dressed in caps and gowns, the children grinned from ear to ear as they walked to their seats...

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