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Helping Children Through Scary Times

Helping Young Children Process Traumatic Events Our entire community’s sense of safety has been violated. For some of us, our physical safety was violated. For all of us, our emotional safety has been disrupted. We encourage both grownups and children

3 Books for Black History Month

Black History Month Book List

Browse this HUGE list of books aimed at preschoolers to commemorate Black History Month with the young children in your life.

Adult Mental Health Therapy Launches

Supporting our Caregivers through Adult Mental Health Therapy For years, our staff has recognized the importance of caring for the adults in the lives of the children we serve and addressing their mental health needs. Still, as The Children’s Place,

Teacher making craft with child

Teachers Receive High Accolade

We always knew that our educators were top-notch, but with our recent round of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) scores, we can prove it!

Mural on the Playground

Mural Unveiling

A big white wall, overlooking a colorful playground. In the early days of the design of our new building, our architectural team planted the seed for our dream, identifying that this would be the perfect place for a mural. Now years later, thanks to the collaboration of so many talented and generous people, a vibrant mural was completed in the spring of 2023.

Mallory Wellner

2023 Young Philanthropist

Mallory Wellner Always eager to step up and help for projects small and large, Mallory Wellner was a dedicated volunteer and member of our Young Ambassador Board for five years. Mallory served as the Young Ambassador Board Chair for three

Rudy Liggins

2023 Legacy Award

Rudy Liggins No single person is as iconic at The Children’s Place as Rudy Liggins, who served as a teacher at The Children’s Place from the day we opened our doors in 1978 until he retired in 2020. A former

Laura Jones

2023 Advocate for Hope

Laura Jones From hosting large events in her home to pushing the lunch carts down the hall to our classrooms, there’s no task too large or small for Laura Jones. Starting as a member of our Angel Board and now

2023 Community Impact Award

2023 Community Impact Award

Katherine Ellis, Jenny Kim & Kathy Schirger Not only has this trio of volunteers had a profound impact for years on our Angel Board, but Katherine Ellis, Jenny Kim and Kathy Schirger have also taken the lead with our Teen

Sheila Hayes

2023 Volunteer of the Year – Sheila Hayes

Sheila Hayes After a 35-year career with the federal government, Sheila Hayes was looking for new ways to fill her time in retirement. She has served at a few different local nonprofits over the last decade, but one volunteer role

2023 Corporate Champions of Philanthropy

2023 Corporate Champions of Philanthropy – Distribution By Air

Distribution By Air The smiles on the children’s faces are unforgettable as they run onto the playground and see dozens of pumpkins and almost as many giant inflatable decorations. Distribution By Air, our 2023 honoree for Corporate Champions of Philanthropy,