The Junior League of Kane & DuPage Counties, Inc. aspires to serve women and children (0-5) in poverty in Kane and DuPage Counties through:
- Education: Improving early childhood education in DuPage & Kane Counties
- Shelter: Ensuring family stability in DuPage & Kane Counties
- Health: Improving childhood health and nutrition in DuPage & Kane Counties
- Advocacy: Lobbying for legislation of the state and national levels on issues impacting children.
JLKD has partnered with over 30 community organizations throughout Kane, DuPage, Will and Kendall counties to improve the quality of life for women and children at-risk in our communities.
Our education focused activities encourage a love of reading and promote early education for children at risk in the community. Our trained volunteers work with our community partners to regularly involve children in read-alouds and educational activities, providing positive influences that prepare children to enter kindergarten engaged, healthy and ready to succeed. We regularly distribute children’s and youth books as well as other learning tools to children through our community partners.
Family Literacy Events help bridge the literacy gap for low-income children by empowering parents to read to their children at home. These events teach parents the importance of early childhood literacy and include read-aloud demonstrations. Each family leaves the workshop with a free book, tips on reading at-home and suggestions for activities to reinforce the theme of the book.
JLKD, with the support of generous community donors, funded, built and stocked a Library Nook at Pioneer Elementary School in West Chicago to create a spot where young students can explore educational literacy games and shelves filled with age-appropriate books for all reading levels.
Shelter related activities are dedicated to improving family stability and assisting with shelter needs for women and children 0-5 who live in poverty in Kane and DuPage Counties.
JLKD’s health focused activities assist community partners to provide nutrition and health education and support impoverished women and children in our communities.
Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen addresses the growing issues of childhood obesity and poor nutrition nationally. We support this initiative locally and are committed to improving the health of today’s youth by empowering them to make choices that lead to healthy lifestyles. We provide informational materials, lessons, and demonstrations related to preparation of healthy meals and snacks that are both tasty and affordable.
The Junior League is committed to ensuring that children have the opportunities and services essential for their physical, cognitive, emotional well being and growth; with an emphasis on advocacy for an integrated, community-based approach to preparedness and early intervention. This committee advocates by lobbying for legislation of the state and national levels on issues impacting children.