Dear, Ivy League Parents:

Across this country, parents are feeling the pressure now more than ever. Working from home or going to work and also having to handle e-learning, cooking dinner, and still maintaining a household is a lot. Ivy League Kids understands this is hard.

We are providing a vital service to people in our neighborhoods during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially to those who are still working right now. We know that parents and children are depending on us. We are here to help with e-learning and to offer our services if you need them. We currently have all-day programming at our Mokena Rec Center. Please call us if you have any questions. 

If you’re juggling parenting, working, and teaching at home, we have launched the Ivy League Kids Project Show on our Facebook page to give you fun ideas each week. Check out our blog for instructions for each featured activity.

This isn’t business as usual, and it’s a time of great stress and uncertainty. It’s also a moment in time when the work we’re doing is the most critical it has ever been. We are working every day to keep our staff, students, and facilities sanitary, healthy, and safe for everyone.

We have changed the way we do business, transportation, food handling, and purchasing. We’ve implemented a series of preventative health measures for employees at our sites: everything from increasing the frequency and intensity of cleaning to adjusting our practices at our Mokena Rec Center to ensure the recommended social distancing guidelines. We are meeting every day, working to identify additional ways to improve on these measures.

My own time and thinking are now focused on COVID-19 and on how Ivy League Kids can best play its role to serve our local community. I want you to know Ivy League Kids will continue to do its part, and we won’t stop looking for new opportunities to all children and families. We are working on a plan alongside Governor Pritzker’s 5 Phases to still have a summer camp. We will have those guidelines published on our website in the next week. 

There are no instructions on how to feel at a time like this and I know this causes stress for everyone. Please take care of yourself and your loved ones. I know that we’re going to get through this, together.

Stay well,


Kris O'Conner, VP of Ivy League Kids


Kris O’Connor
Vice President
Ivy League Kids

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