Strike options for parents
Out-of-school students kept busy Monday at a Chicago Public Library branch, thanks to a free fun workshops held in conjunction with the engineering-minded James Dyson Foundation. The program continues throughout the week at various branches (see the blog post below for details).
If you're a parent of a kid in Chicago Public Schools, you're probably scrambling right now, trying to figure out where to send your child this week, while school doors are closed during the teachers' strike. The district has set up a website with information on its "Children First" program, which will keep 144 schools open for kids to receive meals and supervision. But schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard said there would be no instruction at these schools, and admitted that they were options mostly for parents who could not afford other care arrangements. The district has also released a list of "safe haven" sites, essentially a selection of churches who will open their doors to strike-stranded kids.
If you're looking to make plans, Raise Your Hand Coalition has created this handy map of childcare options throughout the city. And here's our rundown of various art centers and schools offering full-day programs for kids. We'll keep adding to the list as we hear of more, so check back.
- Educational org Sharp as a Tack is offering a "curriculum-based strike camp" at the Dank Haus German American Cultural Center, 4740 N Western Ave. The rates are: $75/week or $15/day for 8–9am before-care; $200/week or $45/day for 9am–4pm strike programming; and $75/week or $15/day for 4–5:30pm after-care. Sign up on the group's eventbrite page.
- Multilingual Chicago is offering a Spanish-language immersion camp for wayward CPS students in grades K–5. The program holds classes at 2934 N Milwaukee Ave, Ste C, and they'll run from 8:30am–4pm. Half-days are also available from either 9am–noon or 1–4pm. Cost is $60 per day or $30 for half-day. Visit the strike camp's website for more info.
- The NeuroKitchen Arts Collective is holding hold a "curiosity club" strike camp that encourages kids ages 5–10 to design their own schools. The camp will meet at the Prop Thtr, 3502 N Elston Ave, from 9am–3pm, and costs $200 for the week or $40 per day. Sibling discounts and a limited number of scholarships are available. Visit neurokitchen.org or call 773-719-1669 for more details.
- Facets Film, 1517 W Fullerton Ave, is offering a film immersion workshop, teaching critical theory thinking, elements of film grammar and narrative, global culture and history. The class runs 8:30am–5:30pm each weekday the strike is in effect, and costs $65 per day. The camp is best for ages 7–14, and parents are welcome to participate, too. Snacks are provided but be sure to pack a lunch. Register online or call 773-316-3394 for more information.
- Adventure Stage Chicago, 1012 N Noble St (773-342-4141), is offering a strike camp from 9am–4pm, where students in grades 1–8 can play theatre-focused games, dance, and learn more about the visual arts. The classes cost $50 per day, and students are required to bring their own bagged lunch.