Childcare during the CPS teachers' strike
Written by: Laura Baginski
Unless the Chicago Teachers Union and the city come to an agreement, CPS teachers will strike on Thursday, October 17. How long the strike will last is anyone's guess, but one thing's for sure: If you're a working parent, you need to figure out where to send your child while school is not in session.
Here are some options for childcare during the strike. Check back often—we'll be updating this post as we get more information. Want to talk with other parents about the strike? There's a very active thread on our member discussion forum filled with all kinds of viewpoints.
- Beverly Arts Center: Arts camp in Beverly; $38–$42/day. Go here to register.
- Brooklyn Boulders Adventure Day: Climbing, team-building exercises and S.T.E.A.M activities in the West Loop; ages 5–12, $119–$139. Click this link to register.
- Chicago Fire Camp: Soccer camp in North Center; ages 6–14. Go here for more info.
- Codeverse Coding Camp: Code your own video games, program lights, and explore robotics in Lincoln Park; ages 6–13, $100 ($50 off normal price of $150 with code CPS-50). Go to www.codeverse.com/day-off-camps.
- CPS: Schools will remain open in the event of a strike, though with limited staff. Register here.
- Dream Big Broadway Kids Strike Camp: Performing arts day camp in Andersonville; pre-K–8th grade, $85/$70. Pre-register on the website main page or by clicking here.
- Facets: Film camp in Lincoln Park; ages 9–13, $15–$20/day. Click here to register.
- Green Explorers Club: Hands-on sustainability camp in Bucktown; ages 4–10, $65–$85/day. Register here.
- JCC Chicago: Activities mixed with independent play, various locations; ages K–5th grade, $80/day (aftercare $20). Register here.
- JCYS Iris and Steven Podolsky Family Center School’s Out Camp: Daily field trips, games, music, and fun with friends in Lincoln Square/Ravenswood; 8am–5:30 pm; grades K–5, $90/day. Register at https://jcys.org/
- Kids Clay Room: Clay pottery camp in Lincoln Park; ages 5 and up, $40/day (9am–12pm). Register here.
- MeTime: Hourly or full-day drop-off childcare with licensed daycares and vetted individual providers across Chicagoland; ages 6 wks–12 years, $14–$16/hour. Book at trymetime.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Near the Pier Development Center: Education center in Streeterville; ages 5–12, $80/day. Go to www.thepremierchildcare.com and click on Near The Pier or call 312-527-2223.
- Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club: Fun activities in North Center; ages K–12, $20–$60/day. Email email@example.com or call 773-463-4161, ext 117.
- NY Kids Club: Physically enriching and artistically engaging activities in Lincoln Park; ages 3–8, $50–$95. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 773-697-7832 to reserve.
- Open Space Early Learning Center: Art school in Ravenswood/Uptown; ages 6 weeks–5 years; cost varies. Email email@example.com to reserve.
- The Paintbrush Strike Camp: Safe, fun drop-off in Lincoln Park; ages K–6th grade, $60/day (additional sibs $55). Email ThePaintbrush@ThePaintbrush.
net or call 773-636-1968 to reserve.
- West Loop Soccer Club: Full day (9am–5pm) soccer camp; ages 5-12, $85 (siblings $70, lunch Included)—save $10 with discount code NPN. Click here to register.
- The Wishcraft Workshop: Art camp in North Center; ages 5–12, $90/day. Register here.
- YMCAs throughout the city; kids 5–12, $50–$80/day.
*If you're a business/school that is planning to provide drop-in care, email firstname.lastname@example.org with info in the format above.
There are many ways you can follow news about the strike, including Chalkbeat's website, the Sun-Times' education blog, following WBEZ's education reporter Sarah Karp on Twitter (@SSKedreporter) and liking IL Raise Your Hand on Facebook. Raise Your Hand also has a list of childcare options.
Posted on September 29, 2016 at 9:53 AM