To support Chicago parents and children, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced today that it will extend the hours of Children First school sites to be six full hours, starting on Thursday, should the CTU choose to continue to strike.
Currently, the 147 Children First sites are open for half-days (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.); as of Thursday, CPS will extend the hours to be open from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to support Chicago parents and children.
As of Monday CPS has opened 144 Children First school sites as a safety net for families who are not able to access alternatives for childcare. Today, CPS opened three additional Children First sites based on feedback it received from families and communities.
Children First sites have capacity for 150,000 students, or nearly 40 percent of the students impacted by the CTU’s choice to strike. While instruction cannot take place at Children First sites per the law, children are participating in multiple activities to keep them safe and engaged.