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Mission: MLH mission is to provide High Quality Child Care and Education to all families in need by working hand-in-hand with CCRR, for low income Families.

Results: MLH Center has been upgraded to increase student capacity while enhancing the learning curriculum.

Target demographics: All demographics including low income families surrounding the Joliet and Plainfield area. Working with children age 3 months to 12 years of age.

Direct beneficiaries per year: MLH Early Education Foundation NFP

Geographic areas served: JOLIET,PLAINFIELD

Programs: Child screening, Services for children with disabilites / Special needs, Curriculum, community Involvement, Human Resoures, Staffing Qualification , Collaboration / Partnership , head Start, Early intervention, Preschool for all

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so thankful for MLH and the care that Kera Lewis-Rodriguez gives our children. We found MLH through a referral and have been nothing but pleased with the care our children receive and the growth we witness in them. My daughter was reading after just turning three, and our one year old's vocabulary and fine-motor skills are increasing daily. Kera is a fantastic provider. If you are in need of a safe and loving environment where you know your children will be happy, then certainly visit MLH!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

MLH Early education works hard to keep up to date with the latest education tools for its children, staff, and parents. they attend over 500 training hours with-in a year period in order to do this. They love working with children and within their community , by sharing their knowledge and materials with local school and CCRR center.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is one organization I have watched grow over the years. They have the best facility for children of all ages to learn. They keep the learning process up to date and are ever changing with the times. The children are happy and treated with respect and kept safe at all times.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My first daughter is going on her third year at Mother's Little Helper & my second daughter just joined in June. Both look forward to going to daycare everyday. I actually don't like to use the word "daycare" as MLH means more than to us. It's more like a fun learning facility. My girls enjoy the fun activities & daily exercises. When they come home & show me what they learned for the day, I ask "did you learn that in school today?"..."Nope, we learned it at Miss Kera's". THAT couldn't make me any happier! Thank you MLH

Board Member

Rating: 5

First and formost as a member of the childcare center I have been so amazed of the progress of each individual child, I give nothing but credit of the world to my lovely wife Kera. I admire her so deeply on not only how she strives to teach her children who she treats as her own, but the determination on no matter what is the circumstances of each child. I watch in a daily basis and by all means trust me when I say Kera would not sleep or rest till not only the children are assisted but the parents as well who she also helps when in need of advice or other situations as well.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunter at MLH for a short time ,and i can already feel there compation for the children . They also have compation for there parents to because, of the many different work hours so they construct a plan that helps the parents. they also help the parents see special abilitys that each kid has. They also help the parents understand there kid better , I think they are a wonderfull at what they do and hope they can help more people in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at MLH for a while and think it's a great place for kids to learn at such a young age. I mean there is little girls in the daycare that know sign language, I personally at 17 dont know sign language. The kids have respect for everyone and they get along. MLH is by far the best daycare I have been in and I give it a five star rating for that.

Donor

Rating: 4

MLH Early Foundation is a center that really cares about its children as well as the parents. Kera Lewis is a fantastic provider who goes above and beyond the call of duty to provide for the children. MLH tries hard to work with all financial situations and support them whenever feasible. The school has recently enhanced its computer program through generous donations. MLH provides a great learning experience while providing a safe and comfortable environment.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been going to Mother's Little Helper for just under a year and I couldn't be more pleased with the progress he's making. He's learning sign language and Spanish and his reading has improved dramatically with his attendance. My daughter has recently started attending Mother's Little Helper also and I cannot put into words the wonderful changes I have seen in my her. My daughter is taking more pride in herself and her work. I recommend Kera to everyone. I am so fortunate to be able to have my kids enrolled with her.

Client Served

Rating: 5

For the past six years that I have known Kera she has shown a growing love for children. She has always welcomed kids into her home which inspired her to open her own daycare center. Kera is a well rounded wholesome woman who has a significant amount of love and generosity to share. She has proven herself as a strong individual who simply loves to care for and shelter kids. kera has four beautiful kids of her own, each one unique in their own little ways, they are all well mannered, cheerful, and most importantly well loved. Kera is truly blessed with the patience, the understanding, and the intelligence it takes to raise a child.
Kera does so much more than just care for your child. She teaches them everything from school work, the importance of sharing, to basic manners like how and when to say thank you and your welcome. Kera is such an inspiration to me and how I would like to raise my newborn son. For as long as I have known Kera she has never given bad advice.
I would recommend Kera Lewis and her establishment to anyone. She truly posses the meaning of exceptional childcare.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kera has been a gift to us. When we first moved back here in 2006, my oldest daughter had a severe anger issue. She was almost 3 years old, her dad had gone to Iraq for over a year, and she hadn't dealt with or figured out how to cope. We first went with another sitter in August of 2006. SHe did not teach the girls anything, all they did was play all day. I saw no improvements what so ever. When it came to tax time , our sitter cut us loose without any way of gettign ahold of her and skipping out on us claiming her on our taxes. She left the girls items on her doorstep in the cold snow and refused to answer the door. With my semester of schhol starting I was stressing about about who was going to take care of my girls. We found a temporary sitter that we had for a week. When I left the girls there they looked scared. When I picked them up they were still sitting in front of the TV afraid to make a move. A week later I found Kera.
We started childcare with Kera in January 2007. I needed someplace I could drop my girls off and know that they would not only be ok but enjoy themselves also. When we first met Kera she was pregnant, about to give borth any day. Through out her time in the hospital she had a backup plan so the kids could continue to be in childcare so I wouldn't have to worry about finding a alternative. My oldest was having terrible tantrums to the point where she would hit and kick and we wouldn't know how to handle her. Kera began working with her, and soon she began expressing feeling's elsewhere. She is now the sweetest 8 year old I could ever ask for. I have not seen a tantrum out of her in a very lon time. She even apologizes to me when she feels she has been "bad".
Within a few months of being with Kera my kids both knew their alphabet, could recognize the letters and loved counting out loud. My girls are now teaching me the manners they have learned from being at Kera's. It is amazing the things they have learned from Kera. My youngest who was two at the time now talks in both English and Spanish, as well as sign language. This is all thanks to Kera.
My children area very well mannered and ever so polite. Kera has been a blessing to us. She has worked with us not only through the rough ti,es but the best of times also. Not only have my children learned alot , but I have as well. Kera isn't just a teacher for the children, she teaches the parent also. I have learned many things from Kera. Kera's prices are great . She does not overcharge, knowing all she has to offer. She teaches so much, and feeds the children. Her prices are equivalent to those who dont do anything but feed the children.
I recommend her to anyone who will listen, and brag about her when ever I can.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am writing this letter as an appreciation to Kera Lewis. I first came to MLH when my daughter was two years old and she has always been great to us. When I am unable to pay on the first of the month she let's me pay her as soon as I am able to. When I am experiencing a hardship she still watches my daughter, who is now 5 years old, and doesn't expect anything, which I truly appreciate. What kind of daycare provider do you know who would help out as much as Kera does and has? I can't thank her enough. Kera has been more of a friend who is there when I need help and she is more than a sitter. I know she is reliable and certainly someone I can count on to watch my daughter. I couldn't ask for a better daycare and wouldn't recommend anyone else.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been with MLH for 1 1/2 yeras. She finds her time there to be the highlight of her day. Not only does she have fun, she also learns a great deal . She comes home to teach her little sister what she earned at MLH ratherthan what she learned at school.
Kera is a high energy, self starter who quickly assumes responsibility and is not afraid to face challenges and situations. She is also very personable and easy to communicate with. We have very direct, open, and honest communication regarding my child. I have a great sense of security when my child is with Kera.
All in all, I would have to say that Kera Lewis - MLH runs an excellent daycare with an abundance of positive qualities.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 2 children have been going to MLH home daycare since 2007 and absolutely love it there! The children are given many opportunities to develop socially and academically. MLH has several educational and fun activities for the children to participate in and works to meet the needs of each individual child. My children feel like MLH daycare is part of their family and have developed friendships with the other children. They love telling us all they have learned and accomplished when we talk about their day.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An absolutely wonderful childcare setting with educated and caring individuals that help educate my grandsons. They also have a lot of fun with Kera and the other children. MLH has allowed my daughter to go back to school and work. She is at ease knowing the boys are taken care of.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I absolutely love MLH for having that at home feeling and not like most child-care facilities that have an institutional feeling. They're also very child centered. My daughter went there and my son is going there now. I like the fact that they actually care about the kids verus the amount of money they can make off of them. My daughter was injured when we were rear-ended in Chicago and it delayed her walking. Every other child-care said we don't take disabled kids, except for MLH. They worked with her and together with the occupational therapist my kid was running within six months. They're awesome and I'd recommend MLH to any new or existing parent. Now, MLH is not geared toward getting kids into Harvard or producing ninjas at test-taking. But MLH does provide a daily curricuium for all ages there to help get them prepared for the outside world. What they do is nurturing and caring for individual kids during the hours when parents aren't able. They do so with consistence, dedication and good humor. As much as I'm looking forward to my son moving forward into his formal education, I'm going to miss the simple happiness and one-on-one care he experienced with Kera.

They have my highest recommendation and gratitude.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MLH is a quality run daycare that benefits children and parents alike. The level of expertise displayed by Ms. Lewis is outstanding. She cares about and treats each child in her care as an individual. She is always looking to improve her current curriculum and activities because she wants what is best for each child that comes to her. You can trust that when your child is in the care of Ms. Lewis that they are being cared for , taught, and protected to the utmost of her ability.
I would recommend MLH to any and all families that I come into contact with.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was referred to Mother Little Helpers Childcare in 2009 and my children started immediately. Ms. Lewis offers various educational activities as well as healthy snacks and meals. Because of her educational skills our children have excelled in their current grade levels. She works well with our specialneeds child helping him to adjust and feel comfortable in her care. The kindness and patience she has shown our children is outstanding. I would recommend Ms. Lewis as a childcare provider for any other family in need of daycare services. With her educational background and childcare experience she can definately offer everything a family would be looking for in a provider.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I personally think that this daycare deserves a 5 star record because of the fact that during the time that I have volunteered, I recognize that the children here not only play and have a good time, but also learn how to read, also learn many different subjects including math, language arts etc.

Donor

Rating: 4

MLH Early Foundation is a location that really cares about its children as well as the parents. They try hard to work with all financial situations and support them whenever feasible. The school has recently enhanced it computer program through generous donations. MLH provides a great learning experience while providing a safe and comfortable environment.