Childcare options for the April 1 CTU strike
Written by: Laura Baginski
Photo credit: MD11/Flickr
The question is no longer whether the Chicago Teachers Union will strike on April 1. Now that a strike is inevitable, the question (among many) is: What are Chicago parents going to do with their kids on April 1?
CPS CEO Forrest Claypool announced that CPS will set up 250 "contingency sites" where parents can send their kids next Friday—locations will be announced Tuesday. UPDATE: Here is the list of 250 spots.
But if you would prefer to ensure your child has a place to go before Tuesday, check out these options—from day camps to drop-in activities—that NPN members suggested on a discussion forum thread this week. Be sure to call these venues asap to secure your child's spot!
- Bright Horizons at the Atrium, 300 W. Hill St.
- Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club, 2501 W. Irving Park Rd.
- YMCAs throughout the city
- The Wishcraft Workshop, 3907 N. Damen Ave.
- Mad Science, 1053 N. California Ave.
- Beauty & Brawn Gallery, 3501 W. Fullerton Ave.
- Chicago Fire Soccer School, 3626 N. Talman Ave.
Other childcare options:
- Find a last-minute sitter at UrbanSitter and College Nannies & Tutors, both of which offer savings for NPN members. SitterCity and K Grace are other good options.
- Drop-off playspace Take a Break Playcare, 2855 N. Lincoln Ave., has school-day-off options with special programming.
- Music House Academy of Music and Dance is offering a 9am-4pm camp; 1018 N. California Ave., 2925 W. Devon Ave.
And if you are taking the day off and need something to do with the kids:
- Pearachute has partnered with Sittercity's Chime to offer 2 hours of play at Purple Monkey Playroom, Little Beans Webster Place, and Explore & Much More for FREE, Friday only
- The Kids' Table, 2337 W. North Ave., 2864 N. Lincoln Ave., has two-hour drop-in cooking classes
Where are you sending your kids? Let us know in the comments!
Posted on March 25, 2016 at 11:07 AM