September 17, 2012
Chicago – Chicago Public Schools (CPS) continues to make opportunities available to CPS students to access engaging programming in a safe environment in over 450 locations across the city through the Children First plan as the Chicago Teachers Union chooses to delay ending their strike.
“We remain committed to providing resources for our students to continue learning as well as full-day opportunities for students in need to stay in safe and engaging environments,” said CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard.
Chicago parents who are seeking full-day opportunities for their children can access them at more than 450 locations across the city, through partnerships CPS has formed with City departments, City sister agencies and nonprofit organizations:
- 147 CPS Children First school sites;
- 84 Chicago Park District camp programs;
- 59 Safe Haven sites;
- Over 100 non-profit partners;
- 78 Chicago Public Libraries locations.
Programs and additional opportunities offered by partners to support families and children can be found at www.cps.edu/childrenfirst. Approximately 31,400 CPS students took part in safe and engaging programming offered through or in partnership with the Children First Plan:
- 19,800 students signed up at Children First school sites;
- 3,000 students at nonprofit organizations such as Boys & Girls Club of Chicago, YMCA and Salvation Army sites across the city;
- 1,300 children at 59 faith-based Safe Haven sites;
- 4,700 at Chicago Park District sites; and
- 2,600 students at Chicago Public Libraries.
Children First sites continue to have capacity to serve 160,000 students, or nearly 40 percent of the students impacted by the CTU’s choice to strike, and CPS ensures children are participating in multiple activities to keep them safe and engaged at each site.
“I want to thank the community leaders and the faith-based community for coming together to support our students right in their neighborhoods, so that we can ensure all children in need have opportunities available to them for safe and engaging environments,” added CPS CEO Brizard.
CPS continues to provide both breakfast and lunch for students at Children First sites. The Greater Chicago Food Depository has provided thousands of healthy snacks for students as part of this effort. CPS has also partnered with the non-profit organization Chicago Cares to coordinate volunteers to help provide support at parks and libraries to support any additional activity at those sites. And 100 City Year Corps Members on 14 teams have been redeployed from CPS sites to 11 parks and three libraries to lend volunteer support for students.
People who are interested in volunteering at Children First sites can find more information and sign up at www.chicagocares.org/studentsupport
CPS will continue communicating with parents via email, letters, calls, text messages and other communication tools to ensure all stakeholders remain updated as negotiations continue. CPS also is encouraging parents to pay close attention to the news media for timely updates.
Chicago Public Schools serves approximately 402,000 students in more than 675 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school system.