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Where Can You Take Your Kids? Resources for Parents in Chicago Teachers Strike



    Parents Line Up to Drop Off Kids at Social Center As Teachers Strike

    Chicago schools, community centers and other local organizations are offering programming for students while public school teachers are on strike. On Thursday morning, there was a line to get inside the Marillac Social Center in Garfield Park. (Published Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019)

    Now that more than 25,000 Chicago Public Schools teachers and staff have walked off the job, parents are making alternate arrangements for their children. 

    Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the school district's CEO announced Wednesday morning that Chicago Public Schools had canceled all Thursday classes and activities in anticipation of the Chicago Teachers Union moving forward with a strike. 

    Here's where parents can take their children: 

    YMCA Locations

    Where Parents Can Take Their Kids If Chicago Teachers Strike

    Where Parents Can Take Their Kids If Chicago Teachers Strike

    With a Chicago teachers strike looming and Thursday classes officially canceled, parents will need to make alternate arrangements for their children. NBC 5’s Chris Hush has some tips.

    (Published Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019)

    Several locations will be open for children and parents from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fees will vary depending on locations and "Schools Day Out" programs will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. The organization said it plans to offer "affordable rates to help working parents keep their kids safe and engaged when school is not in session." 

    High Ridge YMCA 2424 W. Touhy Ave., Chicago, IL 60645

    Irving Park YMCA 4251 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago, IL 60641

    Kelly Hall 824 N. Hamlin Ave. Chicago, IL 60643

    Lake View YMCA 3333 N. Marshfield, Chicago, IL 60657

    Leaning Tower YMCA 6300 W. Touhy Ave., Niles, IL 60714

    What Will Happen to Children Impacted By Possible CTU Strike?

    What Will Happen to Children Impacted By Possible CTU Strike?

    Chicago Public Schools and a number of social service agencies have plans to help children should the teachers go out on strike starting Thursday.NBC 5's Natalie Martinez has the details.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019)

    McCormick YMCA 1834 N. Lawndale Ave., Chicago, IL 60647

    Rauner Family YMCA 2700 S. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60608

    South Side YMCA 6330 S. Stony Island, Chicago, IL 60637

    West Communities YMCA 6235 S. Homan Ave., Chicago, IL 60629

    North Lawndale YMCA 3449 W. Arthington, Chicago IL 60624

    Safe Haven locations

    Strike Deadline Looms for CPS, CTU

    [CHI] Strike Deadline Looms for CPS, CTU

    The deadline for a teacher's strike at Chicago Public Schools is creeping closer. Kye Martin reports.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019)


    Allen Metropolitan CME CME church-- 10946 S. Lowe

    Alliance for Community Peace… 7740 S. Eberhart ave

    CTU to Rally as Negotiations Continue, 3 Days From Strike

    CTU to Rally as Negotiations Continue, 3 Days From Strike

    A Chicago Teachers Union negotiator touted progress on Monday in potentially avoiding a planned strike as its members gathered with two support staff unions in a show of unity. NBC 5's Lexi Sutter has the latest.

    (Published Monday, Oct. 14, 2019)

    Brightstar Comm outreach… 333 E. 35th St.

    Christian Fellowship South.. 107 24 s. Ewing 

    Concord Missionary Baptist Church 6319 S. Kimbark 

    St. Sabina … 1210 W. 78th place

    Grant Memorial .. 4017 S. Drexel

    Hartzell Memorial United Methodist Church… 3330 S. King Drive 

    Institute for Positive living 435 E. 35th street 


    Chance after Chance Ministry, 305-09 N. Cicerco

    Chicago Tabernacle of the Assemblies of God, 3231 N. Cicero

    Corinthian Temple Church of God and Christ. 4520 W. Washington 

    Greater Holy Temple Church of God and Christ, 246 N. California

    Heirs of the Promise ministry.. 4821 W. Chicago Ave.

    Home of Life Community development 4650 w. Madison st.

    Hope Community church-- 5900 W. Iowa St. 

    Care Ministries 4925 W. Division street 

    Jesus Word Center church 4224 W. 13th Street 


    Grace and Peace 2100 N. Kildare 

    Family Empowerment Centers 1533 W. Devon 

    Grace and Peace 2100 N. Kildare 

    Salvation Army

    Freedom Center

    825 N. Christiana Ave., Chicago, IL 60651

    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Regular after-school program runs 4-7:30 p.m.

    Will serve light breakfast, lunch, snack (as well as dinner for those who stay for after school)

    No charge

    Chicago Lawn Corps

    5950 S. Spaulding Ave., Chicago, IL 60629

    9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    No charge

    Will serve lunch

    Can take up to 50 children

    Kroc Center

    1250 W. 119th St., Chicago, IL 60643

    8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    $15 daily charge // $50 weekly per child

    After-school care will be offered from 3-6 p.m. for an extra $20

    Will serve lunch and snack

    Can take up to 200 children

    Community Centers

    KLEO Center: 119 E. Garfield

    10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    No fee

    Chicago Public Libraries

    Chicago Public Libraries will also open, along with a limited number of parks, which will offer additional children's activities for the day, the mayor's office said. Find a location that will be open nearest to you here

    Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club

    The Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club in 2500 block of West Irving Park Road will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, for the duration of the strike, a spokeswoman said. Families that are not already enrolled in the club’s after-school program will be charged $60 per day. Financial assistance is available.

    Shedd Aquarium

    Shedd Aquarium is extending its day camp learning program for Chicago families as an alternative to traditional child care during a potential teacher’s strike, an aquarium spokeswoman said. Starting Oct. 17, the program will run on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with free child care. After care is also included from 3-5 p.m. The program is only for CPS students in grades K-5. It will cost $100 per day ($90 for members). Parents or guardians can register their children for one or more days. In the event of regular class resumption, pre-paid program fee registrations for all non-strike days will be automatically refunded to the original method of payment, according to the aquarium. 

    Marillac St. Vincent Family Services 

    Beginning Monday, Oct. 21, students affected by the strike will be welcome at Marillac St. Vincent. Breakfast, lunch, and a snack will be provided, and students will be given an opportunity to participate in gym activities, computer lab work, homework and tutoring services, and arts and crafts. 

    All parents who already have children enrolled in activities at the organization's facilities can drop their children off beginning on Thursday at either of the group's locations. 

    The organization has locations at the Marillac Social Center, located in the 200 block of South Francisco Avenue in Chicago's East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side, and the St. Vincent DePaul Center, located in the 2100 block of North Halsted in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. 

    El Valor 

    In partnership with the Peggy Notebaert Nature museum, El Valor will offer STEM-based activities at all three of its Chicago locations, according to a Facebook post. 

    The programs will be offered from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for children ages 5-12. Breakfast, lunch, and a snack will be provided to kids, and parents are advised not to send their children with food from home. 

    There will be a charge of $15 per day for the program, and money will be collected at the door, the group says. All programs will be on a first come, first serve basis, and will be limited to 20 children. 

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