Links on Helping Children with Scary News

Posted on: Sat, 12/15/2012 - 16:58| By: GinaBina


“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”
— Fred Rogers


Helping Kids Cope With Tragedy by Dr. David Walsh



Holiday Week Events at Jump Start

Posted on: Thu, 12/13/2012 - 10:06| By: GinaBina


December 27th, 28th & January 2nd, 3rd, 4th

9:00am-12:00pm and/or 1:00-4:00pm

$25.00 for 1/2 Day or $45.00 for Full Day

For ages 3-10 yrs (must be potty trained)


Sign up for all five 1/2 days and receive an extra $5 off your total or sign up for all five Full days and receive an extra $10 off your total.  Each day includes themed activities, supervised gymnastics time, crafts,

12 Activities to Commemorate 12-12-12!

Posted on: Tue, 12/11/2012 - 16:59| By: GinaBina


Here are 12 ideas for 12-12-12.  I don't know if we'll complete everything on 12-12-12, but we'll try.  Feel free to improvise with your own ideas.  If you forget to do these on 12-12-12, some ideas can be modified to 25 on Christmas Day.  Have fun!   



1.  Take a photo with a sign marked "12-12-12" next to a digital clock at 12:12pm

The Stocking Stuffer: The Children Only Store To Benefit The Crittenton Centers

Posted on: Tue, 12/04/2012 - 13:24| By: GinaBina

The Stocking Stuffer Store is for children ages 12 and under to shop (with the assistance of a volunteer) for holiday presents for parents, grandparents, siblings - whomever they wish - while parents relax in a seating area located outside the store. Gifts range from $1 - $8. More than 2,000 shoppers from Peoria and the surrounding committees shopped at the “kids only” store in 2011. The Stocking Stuffer Store is the only store of its kind open to the public in the Peoria area – truly a staple in central Illinois.