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Kindergarten Ready? At Wilmette Child Development Center, 100%.

The scores are in – 100% of the children who graduated from preschool at One Hope United Wilmette Child Development Center (3013 Illinois Rd., Wilmette) last month demonstrated kindergarten readiness, according to the Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment tool.

One Hope United’s child development centers specialize in supporting and partnering with working families to prepare their children for lifelong learning and success, starting in our infant program. By achieving kindergarten readiness, these children are meeting an important milestone early in their academic lives – and are poised to stay on track: studies show that children who attend pre-k are more likely to graduate from high school, and those who attend a center-based program, like One Hope United’s, score significantly higher on reading and math tests than their at-home counterparts.
Here’s a look behind the numbers at what makes One Hope United a nurturing environment for children and families’ education and growth:

• Individualized, Center-Based Learning: One Hope United employs the Creative Curriculum, which is built around classroom “centers” such as Science, Writing, Literacy/Reading, and Dramatic Play. Children self-navigate through the centers and learn through play and social interaction. Teachers encourage and customize each child’s education based on their individual strengths and temperament, and adjust it based on observations and formal assessments.

• Exclusive “Healthy Lifestyles” Curriculum: One Hope United’s self-developed Healthy Lifestyles curriculum promotes lifelong wellness by incorporating daily movement and teaching children to make healthy food choices and maintain good habits such as brushing teeth, visiting the dentist, and screening for hearing and vision. The Wilmette center also hosts movement classes, which encourage physical fitness, creative expression, and relaxation.

• Parent, Family, and Community Engagement: Parent involvement in their child’s learning has been linked to higher student achievement. The Wilmette center provides opportunities for family involvement in daily routines as well as at special events. Parents are welcome to visit the program and often stop by to share their talents and family culture. The center also helps kids and families engage with the surrounding community through partnerships with Avoca School District, Glenview Park District, and Wilmette Public Library.

• Accredited Quality at Every Level: The Wilmette center is one of only 6% of U.S. centers to be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This accreditation looks at 10 standards and criteria across four categories – Children, Teaching Staff, Partnerships with families and communities, and Administration – to provide a holistic measure of a program’s quality.

Parents can expect all of these features to be enhanced when the Wilmette center relocates to a newly updated facility, in winter 2018. Located near I-94, between Glenview and Old Orchard Roads, the new center will feature brand new classrooms, nontoxic materials including carpeting and paint, and a dedicated gym designed specifically for early childhood gross motor activities. Families who enroll children now at the current location are guaranteed a space in the new child development center.

Families who live or work nearby may also consider One Hope United’s Des Plaines (9375 Church St., Des Plaines) and O’Hare (2300 E Devon Ave, Suite 171, Des Plaines) centers, both of which are also NAEYC accredited. For more information, visit onehopechilddevelopment.org.

Hope In Action 2017 | Thank You!

One Hope United would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone who attended Hope In Action 2017.

The night was a big success: with our guests and sponsors together, we raised over $300,000! We’re very appreciative of the immense support that has been shown for our organization, which only brings us closer to fulfilling our vision,

“For every child and family, life without limits.”

Two of the biggest highlights of the night were the presentations of the 3rd Annual Ermit Finch Impact Award to Marco Foster and the Leadership in Giving award to Get IN Chicago! Check out their inspiring stories captured in the videos below.

Visit our Facebook to view all of the fun photos from the night. Be sure to tag yourself and your friends!

Share your feedback! Let us know what you thought of the event by completing our survey.

Didn’t have the chance to raise your paddle at Hope in Action 2017? You can still support OHU by clicking here.

#GoBlue4OHU | National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Doing Good that Tastes Good.
Dine out at Chicago restaurants in April to support One Hope United’s programs to prevent child abuse.

Throughout April, local Chicago restaurants are offering specialty menu items for diners to sip, feast on, or imbibe. Go Blue restaurants will donate a portion of the proceeds from select menu items to benefit One Hope United’s programs to prevent child abuse. One Hope United is one of Chicago’s oldest private human service organizations, working to ensure every child can look forward to a Life Without Limits.

Visit GoBlule4OHU.org to learn how to get involved!

 

One Hope United Presents Hope in Action 2017!

Mark your calendars! One Hope United’s signature spring fundraising event returns on April 29, 2017 at the JW Marriott Chicago.

OPEN BAR | SEATED DINNER | STAND-UP COMEDY

 SILENT & LIVE AUCTIONS | RAFFLE

Be prepared for a night of laughs, with performances by comedians and Saturday Night Live veterans Tim Meadows and Colin Quinn. They will be joined by our emcee, Marion Brooks of NBC5.

Join us and stand up for children!

Get Your Tickets Here!

Want to become a sponsor? Learn more about how you can support OHU at this one-of-a-kind event at onehopeinaction.org.

The Wishbook is Here!

Our holiday Wishbook is back for it’s second year in a row!

The Wishbook gives our supporters the opportunity to directly impact the children and families we serve by providing services and tools that impact their lives. In its inaugural year, the Wishbook was a wonderful success, raising over $39,000! These funds were used for purchases such as art supplies for classrooms, bedding for children in foster care, educational toys and counseling services.

To learn more about the Wishbook, view the video below.

Check out our Wishbook HERE.

Giving Tuesday | Thank You!

Thank you to all who supported One Hope United on Giving Tuesday. It was because of you that we raised $12,770 in only 24 hours, surpassing our matching goal!

Your generosity is what makes it possible for us to continue providing the best services and programs for thousands of children and families each day. Though the 24 hours of Giving Tuesday have ended, your impact doesn’t have to stop there. There are still plenty of ways for you to join OHU in making a difference on any day of the week.

Be sure to check out our new Wishbook for the opportunity to directly impact the children and families we serve by providing specific services and tools that impact their lives.

Are you interested in exploring volunteer opportunites or even visiting a site? If so, feel free to respond to this email for more information. In the meantime, you can keep up with OHU daily on Facebook and Twitter!

Thank you!

November is National Adoption Awareness Month

Every year, November is recognized as National Adoption Awareness Month. At One Hope United, one of our most important goals is to ensure a safe and loving home for every child. We invite and encourage parents in our communities who wish to start or expand their families to consider opening their doors—and hearts—and adopt through One Hope United.

Though in Illinois, OHU’s adoption services are limited to our existing foster parents, we are continuously searching nationwide for parents to adopt children who we care for in our Florida program.

OHU’s adoption team currently services Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Brevard Counties in FL. The team has an innate passion for providing forever families for their children and keeping siblings together. Keeping siblings together is definitely a challenge, as most siblings have remained separated since entering foster care; however, they continue to advocate for siblings despite the odds. In the last fiscal year the Orlando adoption team had found over 35 forever homes for their children and their goal and mission is to continue finding safe and permanent homes for each available child.

To learn more about OHU’s Adoption program, visit onehopeunited.wpengine.com/adoption.

Additional Links

http://www.adoptflorida.org/

Central Florida Event: http://www.nationaladoptionday.org/events/national-adoption-day-celebration-orange-county-2/

Chicago Event: http://www.nationaladoptionday.org/events/wendys-wonderful-kids-match-event/

https://davethomasfoundation.org/adopt/national-adoption-day/

An Update From Our Family of Hope

At Hope in Action 2016, we had the pleasure of introducing Dianna Klockenga and her wonderful family to our room full of guests. Dianna, awarded the Ermit Finch Impact Award that night for her selflessness, big heart and dedication to family, was more than deserving of recognition. After meeting Austin while working as a nurse at a One Hope United residential program, their undeniable bond eventually led her and her husband to make the decision to bring Austin and his younger sister Lora into their home. Though they have been a true family from the start, we are excited to share that on August 8, 2016, Austin and Lora were legally adopted! This was surely an unforgettable day for the entire family and it is the perfect update on such an amazing story.

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Check out the video below for an introduction or recap on the Klockenga story!

Photos are courtesy of Haley Klockenga of Haley Nicole Photography.

Picnic For Hope 2016

The second annual Picnic for Hope was a huge success! Hosted by OHU’s Lake County Ambassador Board on August 13th, the event raised over $18,000 for the Day School on our Lake Villa campus! The Ambassador Board is a terrific group of community volunteers who are dedicated to raising funds to support the children and families of One Hope United. Thank you for all of your generous efforts!

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Comcast Newsmakers ft. Eva Horner!

Check out our Executive Director in Florida, Eva Horner, who was featured on Comcast Newsmakers! In this special video interview, she shares insight on OHU’s foster care program and expresses our dedication to ensuring that children grow up in safe and loving environments!

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