Handwashing Fun with Marquette University!

Learning about handwashing with Marquette University

Penfield was excited to welcome Marquette University Master of Science in Nursing students for a fun and educational handwashing presentation. Children and teachers gathered in the Gross Motor Skills room for a sing-along lesson about keeping little hands clean and germs away!

Did you know? Proper handwashing is one of the easiest and most effective ways to stay healthy. To learn more about the importance of soaping up, check out our Penfield Building Blocks handwashing video: http://penfieldbuildingblocks.org/2014/05/handwashing.

We Bring Fresh Food to our Kids

In the interest of offering healthy and nutritious food to the children at our center, Penfield has been working to bring food service in-house. Thanks to the generosity of several donors, that is now possible.

A new industrial-sized refrigerator, stove and freezer from the Boelter Company, along with new floor installation by Kohl’s Department Stores, have transformed Penfield’s primary kitchen space. Penfield is already preparing breakfast and lunch for children entirely in-house. By eliminating catered and pre-packaged foods, Penfield is ensuring a healthier menu for children and reducing the consumption of sodium and preservatives.

Additionally, thanks to a generous donation of cabinets from Cathy and Michael White – along with installation work and materials donated by Greenfire Management – a basement storage room was transformed into a new food preparation area for meetings and family events. The basement prep area will better accommodate Penfield’s family programs, holiday-themed events, as well as gatherings of corporate and civic groups.

Thank you to the Boelter Company, Greenfire Management, Kohl’s Department Stores, and Cathy and Michael White for their generous support.



Penfield Named Large Nonprofit of the Year

Penfield Children’s Center was honored with the “Large Nonprofit of the Year” award from BizTimes Media at the inaugural Nonprofit Excellence Awards on November 4 at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. Penfield shared excellent company in this category paired with Meta House and Junior Achievement of Wisconsin.

Penfield was selected through a vetting process conducted by BizTimes Media, the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Southeastern Wisconsin and the Donors Forum of Wisconsin. More than 100 nominations in 10 categories were submitted during the program’s first year.

The Nonprofit Excellence Awards program is designed to highlight the community impact of southeastern Wisconsin businesses and nonprofits. The program also salutes the work of for-profit organizations, executives and professionals who donate their time, talent and financial support to community causes.

Change a Child’s Life. One Dollar at a Time.

Everyone knows about Black Friday and its popular online version, Cyber Monday.  But, how many have heard of #GivingTuesday?  It’s a movement to create a national day of giving and today, families, businesses, communities, companies and organizations are encouraged to donate their time or money to a specific cause.

Today, we want you to give $1. We’ll happily take more, but today, it’s just $1. Your $1 will change the life of a child like JJ.  Visit our fundraising page, watch JJ’s video and please contribute.  Today, we truly have the opportunity to prove that there is power in numbers.


Winter Coats Needed

With the recent snowfall, it’s apparent that winter is here and we need to make sure our kids stay warm throughout the entire season.  We are currently seeking donations of children’s coats, sizes 5-12.  Make an easy and convenient purchase through our Amazon.com wishlist and it will be delivered directly to us!  Donations can also be dropped off at the Center.

Thanks for helping our kids keep out the cold!




Penfield Makes Sure Every Child Enjoys Story Time

Earlier this year, Penfield created Sensory Friendly Story Time – a new opportunity for kids to learn and play together in a fun-filled and inclusive environment.  Hosted at the New Berlin Public Library and featuring the storytelling talent of Penfield’s special education teacher, Nick Strupp, this story time is designed to engage children ages 2 to 7 through movement, music, stories and play.  It is open to all children, with a special emphasis on those who have difficulty sitting still or challenges with sensory integration.

Providing hands-on activities gives children who have trouble focusing an added opportunity to engage in the story and gain exposure to reading.  Whether it’s helping create a picture of a caterpillar on a felt board while reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar, or singing a song about painting while reading I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More, children have the chance to interact with the story and bring the characters to life.

Sensory Friendly Story Times are free and open to the public, with upcoming story times scheduled for:

Thursday, September 25 at 7 p.m.

Thursday, October 23 at 7 p.m.

Thursday, November 13 at 7 p.m.

To register for a Sensory Friendly Story Time, please call the New Berlin Library at (262) 785-4980.

Make a Donation to the “Get Ready to Learn” Campaign

Because many of our families struggle financially, the added expense of purchasing school supplies this month may be too much to handle.  You can help us make sure our kids start the new school year off prepared and ready to learn by making a donation to our “Get Ready to Learn” campaign.  Proceeds from the campaign will help us purchase school supplies and new backpacks for our families in need.

It’s important to make sure our kids start the school year off right. Visit the “Get Ready to Learn” fundraising page to make a donation.  You can also spread the word socially, #GetReady2Learn.


Make Miracles Happen!

Miracle on Canal Street is Potawatomi Hotel & Casino’s signature community program that raises funds for children’s charities and Penfield is a 2014 beneficiary. Penfield was chosen by Milwaukee Radio Group which features 102.9 THE HOG (WHQG), 96.5 WKLH – Milwaukee’s Classic Rock, WJMR Jammin’ 98.3 and WNRG ENERGY 106.9.  The program began as a way to carry on the Potawatomi tradition of nurturing younger generations so they grow to lead healthy, productive lives.  To date, Miracle has raised more than $13.6 million for hundreds of area children’s charities.

Half of each $3 Miracle Bingo game purchased goes to the Miracle fund, which totaled more than $1 million last year!  Give the gift of a promising future by playing the Miracle Bingo game now through December 11.  Visit paysbig.com/miracle to learn more.


Sendik’s Food Market’s Commitment to Penfield Children

Penfield is, once again, the fortunate beneficiary of the Real Food Campaign – a fundraiser hosted by Balistreri Owned and Operated Sendik’s Food Markets.  Starting May 1 and running through July 31, Sendik’s stores throughout the Milwaukee metro area worked together to raise $55,500 for Penfield through the sale of featured merchandise.

“Sendik’s Food Market is proud to partner with Penfield Children’s Center to promote the health and well-being of kids through our summer giving program,” said Margaret Harris, one of the family co-owners of Sendik’s and a member of Penfield’s Board of Directors. “All proceeds from the sale of Sendik’s Real Food Magazine, American flags and Sendik’s insulated cups help provide services and programs for infants and young children to develop their minds and bodies, and reach their full potential.”


School Supply Drive at Stephanie Horne Boutique

Now through July 11, Stephanie Horne Boutique is holding a school supply drive for us!  Drop off three items or a backpack and you will receive a $15 gift card for the boutique.  All items will be used for our Back to School Ice Cream Social in August, where kids and families will receive a backpack full of supplies to start their year off right.

Stephanie Horne Boutique is located on Broadway in the Third Ward by the corner of Buffalo Street.  It is Milwaukee’s premier fashion destination for all your favorite brands such as Diane von Furstenburg to Hudson Denim.

Here is a complete list of needed school supplies:

Glue sticks

Large crayons – 8 count

Large Pencils

Fiskars scissors

Crayons – 24 count


Pocket folders

Pencil box or case


Pink erasers

Glue bottles


Spiral notebooks

Loose leaf – Wide ruled


Cap erasers

Colored pencils

Pens (blue, black and red)

Backpack (young age)

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