Childcare during the CPS teachers' strike

Written by: Laura Baginski

Child care options during the CPS teachers' strike

Unless the Chicago Teachers Union and the city come to an agreement, CPS teachers and support staff, who are on the picket lines now, will continue to strike into the week of Oct. 21. 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. 

North Side

Northwest Side

Loop/West Loop/South Loop

South Side


  • CPS: Schools will remain open in the event of a strike, though with limited staff. Register here.
  • JCC Chicago: Activities mixed with independent play, various locations; ages K–5th grade, $80/day (aftercare $20). 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 or email for more information.
  • 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 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