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Sunday, September 9, 2012
To Chicago After School Providers - In event of teacher strike
By tutormentor2 @ 10:57 AM :: 2249 Views :: Article Rating :: Events

Please forward this message to afterschool providers in Chicago.


From: Mertens, AmySue <>
Date: Sat, Sep 8, 2012 at 5:38 PM
Subject: CPS request for program providers' contingency plans
To: AmySue Mertens <>

Good Afternoon Program Providers,

As many of you are already aware, in the event the leadership of the Chicago Teacher’s Union chooses to strike, the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is preparing to implement its Children First contingency plan, which will be available for families who are most in need that do not have access to alternative options for their children to stay in a safe and engaging environment.

As part of this plan, CPS will open 144 schools as Children First  sites, offering a safe place, engaging activities, and daily breakfast and lunch, from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. CPS is encouraging all parents to first explore alternative options for their children in the event that the leadership of the CTU chooses to strike.

We are hoping that you will provide CPS with information about the programs your organization will run during and after the school day in the event of a strike so that we can inform parents of possible options available to them in their communities outside of the Children First sites.

We know that by working in partnership with parents and vital community organizations like yours, we can work to provide students with safe and engaging environments in the event the leadership of the CTU chooses to strike. Please help us provide as much information as possible by completing the Google Document that can be found HERE **


The Google Document asks for information about specific program activities, hours, and capacity.

We want to thank you for the work you do on a daily basis on behalf of Chicago’s children, and thank you for working with us to help ensure our students have access to safe and engaging environments in the event the leadership of the CTU chooses to strike. Faith-based organizations, sister agencies, cultural institutions and nonprofit partners like yourselves are helping to ensure families and children most at risk have access to the critical services they need.

Please know that CPS and CTU are still negotiating and we are hopeful we will reach an agreement before a disruption to our students’ learning

We will continue to provide you with updates, and please also play close attention to the media over the weekend.

Please contact me with any questions you may have. Thank you again for your support of our students.


AmySue Mertens


**full link if you need to cut/paste:

AmySue Mertens
Chicago Public Schools | Office of Family and Community Engagement
773-553-1477 (direct) | 773-383-7233 (cell) | 773-553-1501 (fax) **NOTE email address change**


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