Parent Advisory Committee (PAC)

Research shows that children are more successful when their parents are involved in their classroom experience. Enrich your child’s learning experience by donating your time and effort as a member of the Northeastern Illinois University Child Care Center’s Parent Advisory Committee (PAC).

Benefits of attending PAC meetings include:

  1. Play a positive part in creating the best Child Care Center possible for your child
  2. Model to your child the importance of taking a leadership role in the community
  3. Meet other parents who have children attending the Center
  4. Receive monthly updates from the director about recent developments at the Center
  5. Raise additional funds that add to your child's education and enrichment
  6. Get a behind-the-scenes view of Center activities
  7. Have a voice in the future of the Center

All parents of children enrolled at the Center are eligible to be members. The PAC's role is to provide constructive input and support the Center through fundraising and volunteer efforts that directly benefit all of the children and teachers at the Center. The PAC organizes several activities each year including a welcome back potluck dinner, a walk-a-thon, a children's art show, teacher appreciation lunches and other fundraisers throughout the year.

The PAC meets the first week of each month for one hour to discuss Center-wide issues and to plan events. Meeting notices are posted on the Parent Board in advance, and childcare for students of the Center and their siblings is available until 6 p.m.

You are encouraged to attend and share ideas or volunteer for an event; there are opportunities to help big or small. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of the PAC co-chairs.

Food Service

Your child’s meals and snacks are provided by Dee's Catering Service. Please visit News and Announcements to view the current menu at the Center.

Activities

Each classroom provides age-appropriate, seasonal activities throughout the year for children to participate and learn. Such activities include Fire Prevention Week, Pajama Day and other monthly themes. Please visit News and Announcements to read the latest in monthly plans for each classroom.

Curriculum Night

Held annually in September, curriculum night is intended to allow all NEIUCCC parents to come and meet with their child's teachers and staff. This evening is intended for PARENTS ONLY.

  • You will be provided with specific information on curriculum, discipline procedures and tentative events and field trips, so parents must arrive on time.
  • Teachers will present a brief overview of each class, including each content readiness. While there may be time for general questions, this event is NOT designed to answer questions about individual students.

Parent-Teacher Conference

Held annually in November, this night allows parents to pick up their child's progress report and have a short conference with their child's teacher. Please refer to your child's teacher regarding a one-on-one conference time.

Events/Field Trips

Children enjoy a variety of events and field trips throughout the year to such as:

  • Dave Herzog Marionette
  • Mr. Kipley's Winter Show
  • Exploratorium
  • NEIU Children's Movie Day
  • End of the Year Celebration
  • Pirate's Cove in Elk Grove Village.
  • Petting Zoo
  • Pocket Circus
  • Water Day
  • Dreamtree Shakers

Additional Programs and Activities

The following optional programs and activities are available for an additional fee. Most programs and activities take place in the afternoon so as not to disrupt time in the classroom. Please contact the Child Care Center office for current rates and availability.

  • Kids Dance

Each week, the children will participate in a 30-minute class that includes fitness activities, dance, ballet, creative movement, and other activities.

  • Spanish Class

Weekly class themes and cultural immersion will make learning fun in this program through different activities such as music, games, art, and craft.

  • Joel Frankel

 Have your child explore the magic and wonder of music with Joel Frankel’s “Musical Merriment.” Each weekly musical session features singing, fingerplays, stories, instrument play-along and plenty of movement and dance. We even make our instruments for playing at home. The program also focuses on familiar songs of the seasons, songs and instruments of other world cultures, and supports themes covered by the Center’s staff.

Fundraising

Scholastic Book Fair Week

Participating in our Scholastic Book Fair is another great way to support the Center’s reading efforts. Students, parents and teachers love book fairs for several reasons, including:

  • They provide easy access to a wide assortment of books.
  • They give kids a choice in what inspires them to read more.
  • Book fairs involve family, which demonstrates to kids that reading is important.