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Lending Kids a Helping Hand

Lending Kids a Helping Hand



Kids are our greatest resource. They will become the next heroes and leaders of our communities. It goes without saying that to protect and nurture our children is the one of the best things we can do as a society. These thirteen organizations, from the cute to the valiant, are working to enrich the lives of children and make the world a better place.

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1. First Class Care 2

First Class Care

First Class Care is the best resource for families seeking domestic care in the Chicagoland area. Whether you need a nanny, a personal chef, a baby sitter, or a newborn care specialist, First Class Care is there to help you find the right fit for your household. To that end, The Nanny Doctor, Lindsay Heller, will aid families in the interview and hiring process to make sure that every family finds the right match.

2. Imagine Schools 1

Imagine Schools

Imagine Schools is an organization of public charter schools across the country. Endeavoring to make sure that all children have equal access to the education they deserve, Imagine Schools makes its mission the shared values of Justice, Integrity, and Fun. Two Imagine Schools campuses are recognized for their implementation of character building into their curriculum, a testament to their dedication to their student’s growth as citizens and leaders.

3. First Candle 1

First Candle

First Candle is a foundation dedicated to stopping Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), stillbirth, and infant deaths related to unsafe sleep practices. Credited with preventing 25,000 infant deaths in the past decade, First Candle has been instrumental in saving lives and funding breakthrough research on SIDS. First Candle also provides information to pregnant women on monitoring the health of their unborn child; sleeping tips for new moms and dads; and counseling for grieving parents.

4. The Safe Side 0

The Safe Side

The Safe Side is the brainchild of John Walsh, host of America’s Most Wanted and co-founder of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, and Julie Clark, creator of Baby Einstein. Founded in 2005, The Safe Side is the maker of instructional safety videos for children, utilized by both schools and parents alike. From Stranger Safety to Internet Safety, The Safe Side engages children with humor in a comfortable environment to teach them how to recognize and act in potentially dangerous situations.

5. Information Marketing Group 0

Information Marketing Group

Information Marketing Group (IMG) is a provider of web-based software designed for schools. With their comprehensive software platform, including the Student Information System iPass, school administrators and teachers have the ability to organize and collect information about their students safely, easily, and securely. Freeing educators from the hassle of maintaining unwieldy records, IMG lets teachers focus on their true job of developing the minds of children.

6. Discovery Isle 0

Discovery Isle

Discovery Isle is a provider of preschools, kindergartens, before and after school programs, and summer camps for children in the San Diego and Riverside Area. As part of the Nobel Learning Communities private school network, Discovery Isle utilizes their challenging and diverse curriculum to help kids excel in their education, all while having fun. Discovery Isle stands by the quality of their teachers in creating a safe environment for the children to learn in.

7. Child Abuse Prevention Association 0

Child Abuse Prevention Association

Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preventing and treating child abuse. CAPA has grown since its inception as a hotline to offering comprehensive treatment programs for victims of child abuse. Their goal is to create change within families to bring about more nurturing and loving relationships and help families work through the healing process. By providing education and support to parents so that they can deal positively with their own problems, CAPA hopes to make better environments for children and thereby prevent neglect or abuse.

8. Kids’ Country 0

Kids’ Country

Kids’ Country is a non-profit organization in the San Ramon Valley area that offers childcare services before and after school in a fun, educative environment. Understanding kid’s needs, Kids’ Country seeks to create fun ways for children to learn about diverse topics in the sciences and arts, made so entertaining the kids aren’t aware they are learning at all. Beside the regular school year activities, a summer camp is offered to help bridge the gap between grades and to expand their horizons with an exciting, innovative curriculum.

9. Austin Child Guidance Center 0

Austin Child Guidance Center

Austin Child Guidance Center is a Joint Commission Accredited mental health facility for children located in Austin, Texas. Recognizing the difficulties children will face as adults if mental issues are untreated, Austin Child Guidance Center strives to help children and families with a variety of services, from psychiatric therapy to group and individual counseling. Because not every family can afford the excellent care they provide, Austin Child Guidance Center reduces fees based on income in order to help any child and adolescent experiencing social, behavioral, or emotional problems.

10. Advocates for Children and Youth (ACY) 0

Advocates for Children and Youth (ACY)

Advocates for Children and Youth (ACY) is an organization that fights for solutions to a range of issues connected to children’s lives. Founded in Maryland in 1987, the group works with state and local legislators and government agencies to promote plans that improve high school graduation rates and reform school disciplinary methods, among others. By their own, independent research, ACY hopes to educate the public on issues affecting their children and help guide policy toward better results for the state’s youth. 

11. Kidstown 0


Kidstown is a retail apparel chain for children servicing the New Jersey and New York area. Since 1969 Kidstown has been offering a wide selection of brand name clothing as well as school uniforms, furniture, toys, and school accessories. They have also partnered with many schools to donate uniforms to schools to give to needy children. With affordable prices, Kidstown aims to give your kids their best-dressed look.

12. East Texas Children’s Therapy Services 0

East Texas Children’s Therapy Services

East Texas Children’s Therapy Services, located in Tyler, Texas, is a pediatric rehabilitation clinic. They offer physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy to help improve the lives of kids suffering from a variety of ailments. Priding themselves on creating a fun and dignified setting that children can look forward to, East Texas Children’s Therapy Services take on their noble task with love and compassion.

13. North American Bear Co. 0

North American Bear Co.

North American Bear Co. is business that makes stuffed animals and dolls for kids but which appeal to adults. They accomplish this by making old-fashioned style toys which kids will also love. Their high-quality bears are sure to give any child a soft companion to take on their adventures. Designed by moms and dads, their goal is to make your kid a happy camper.

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