About KFN

KFN in the NEWS

2018            SIUE - Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award

2017            The Unseen Stars

                    O'Fallon Weekly Report

2015            Belleville News Democrat

                    Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois - Host KFN

Kid Friendly Network  (KFN) was founded in April 2014, as a means for kid-friendly businesses and organizations to promote their ideas, events, services and resources.  In addition to sharing current information, we provide opportunities for collaboration. 

Our primary focus is to build referrals through building relationships.  Members of our organization meet once a month with like-minded individuals who work with the same target audience, and through the power of interaction, visiting their facility, and word of mouth advertising  they assist in each other’s growth.  Our meetings take place in a non-competitive climate that encourages partnerships.  


Additionally, KFN acts as a platform for parents, caregivers and those who work with children to become familiar with current events and promotions.



Desiree Tyus is the proud mommy of four incredible kids: Brianna (24), James (16), Danae (15) and Josiah (13)!   (NOTE: Desiree is also the parent of three fur babies).

Desiree received her master of education degree from Johns Hopkins University and undergraduate degrees in psychology, African American studies and Korean studies from University of Pennsylvania. 

She is passionate about education, putting children first and exposing people to opportunities outside of their normal experiences.  Desiree is eager to develop innovative ideas, collaborate on plans, advocate on behalf of children and produce results that will enhance the life of others.  

She created KFN as a means to network with like-minded professionals, and provide a one-stop shop for parents, edu-preneurs (like herself), and child-focused businesses to know real-time information about what is going on in the community.

She is the Director of Youth Programs at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville - East St Louis Center.  Desiree has an extensive background in program development and community relations.  She currently serves on the University of Pennsylvania: PENN Secondary School Committee of Eastern Missouri/Southern Illinois as an Alumni Interviewer. Additionally, Desiree proudly volunteers her time on the Greater East St. Louis Early Learning Partnership Executive Committee. 

Her past experiences include being an Executive for a for-profit educational center (offering STEM courses, college-readiness programming and tutorial services) and the Gateway Region YMCA.  She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Illinois state PTA Executive Committee, provided intervention services to elementary students, and operated a 21st Century program for six years.  When time permits, she enjoys traveling, learning languages, event planning, shopping with her mother, attending her monthly book club and proving to the world that she is indeed funnier than her best friend Melissa! 


Parent Testimonial

"Ever since my family transferred to the area I have been looking for activities to do with my children.  I use to look on multiple sites or call around for something to do -- now all we have to do is go on Kid Friendly Network!  My family loves the convenience!"

Tirrell Davenport
~ former Atlanta, GA resident

~ father to Kennedy & Hudson


Business Testimonial

"We are a very new equestrian center in Mascoutah, Illinois. This is a great way to promote our new business and see what else is in our area!  The meeting today was really informative and educational!"

Kid Testimonial

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"I had so much fun at St. Clair Bowl, because I like to bowl with my mommy and daddy. And they had legos there (Bricks 4 Kidz)."

Stacy Johnson

~ Kindergarten 

Diane Doll (co-owner)

~ CW Equestrian Center