CPS Contingency Plan – Childcare Information in the Event of a Strike

CPS Contingency Plan – Childcare Information in the Event of a Strike

UPDATE: Students will return to class on Friday, November 1.

CPS and the Mayor’s Office have released a comprehensive contingency plan should Chicago Teachers Union employees go on strike starting October 17th, along with a letter from CPS CEO Janice Jackson for parents and families that can be found here.

Should a work stoppage occur, regular classroom instruction will not take place, but CPS school buildings will remain open to students with access to activities and breakfast/lunch. 

Important Information
  • Charter and contract schools will operate on their normal schedules, and parents should check with their principal and school operator.
  • CPS buildings will remain open during their normal bell schedules. CPS administrative office staff will be assigned to schools as needed.
  • All before-school and after-school activities are cancelled. This includes — but is not limited to — sports, tutoring, field trips, Parent University activities, Local School Council meetings, and other community activities.
  • Students are encouraged to attend their regular school, but may attend any CPS location that is age-appropriate.
  • Chicago Public Libraries be open, along with a limited number of parks, Safe Haven sites, and other community partner sites.
  • Chicago Park District will also be open during their regular hours.
  • School transportation services will not be available.
  • CTA will provide free rides to students between 5:30AM and 8:30PM on weekdays. During this time, students do NOT need to tap their farecards on buses or at rail stations.

More information can be found on CPS’s website at cps.edu/contingencyplan.

Finding a Site

To learn of nearby sites for your student, please use the CPS Contingency Site Locator. The locator will show the closest CPS schools, parks, libraries, and other community sites that will welcome students. Information includes hours and whether or not food will be served. You can also find a full list of CPS school locations here.

All CPS buildings will remain open and will serve breakfast and lunch.

Please note: if you choose to send your child to a CPS school, REGISTER your child for the duration of the work stoppage. It will ensure that enough staff and meals are available each day. You will need your child’s Student ID number to do so. 

Free-of-charge Ward 46 options include:

  • BEZAZIAN LIBRARY
    • 1226 W. Ainslie St.
    • Mon. & Wed., Noon-8; Tues. & Thurs., 10-6; Fri. & Sat., 9-5; Sun., Closed
    • 312-744-0019
    • Children over 11
    • Students may bring food and light snacks will be provided
  • MCCUTCHEON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
    • 4865 N. Sheridan Rd.
    • 8:45AM – 3:45PM
    • 773-534-2680
  • UPLIFT HIGH SCHOOL
    • 900 W. Wilson Ave.
    • 8:30AM – 3:38PM
    • 773-534-2875
  • COURTENAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
    • 4420 N. Beacon St.
    • 7:30AM – 2:30PM
    • 773-534-5790
  • BRENNEMANN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
    • 4251 N. Clarendon Ave.
    • 8:45AM – 3:45PM
    • 773-534-5766
  • UPTOWN LIBRARY
    • 929 W. Buena Ave.
    • Mon. & Wed., 10-6; Tues. & Thurs., Noon-8; Fri. & Sat., 9-5; Sun., Closed
    • 312-744-8400
    • Children over 11
    • Students may bring food and light snacks will be provided
  • DISNEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
    • 4140 N. Marine Dr.
    • 7:30AM – 2:30PM
    • 773-534-5840
  • GREELEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
    • 832 W. Sheridan Rd.
    • 9:00AM – 4:00PM
    • 773-534-5800
  • CLARENDON PARK COMMUNITY CENTER
    • 4501 N. Clarendon Ave.
    • 6:00AM – 11:00PM
    • 312-742-7512
  • GILL PARK
    • 825 W. Sheridan Rd.
    • 6:00AM – 11:00PM
    • 312-742-7802
  • MARGATE PARK
    • 4321 N Marine Drive
    • 6:00AM – 11:00PM
    • 312-742-7522
Further Information

More information can be found on the CPS Contingency Plan Site, FAQ Page, and CPS Social Media (Twitter & Facebook)


Additional Sites & Resources

Alternatives Youth and Family Agency
– 4730 N Sheridan
– 3:30- 6pm
– 773-732-4564
– Food Included

Chicago Tabernacle of Assemblies of God
– 3231 N Cicero Ave
-7:30am – 2:30pm
– Food Provided

New Life Centers for Chicagoland
– 1410 N Springfield
– Mon-Fri; 10am-2pm
– K-12
– Food Included

Family Empowerment Center
– 1533 W Devon Ave
– Mon – Fri; 10am- 2pm
– K-12
– Food Included

Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club
 4835 N. Sheridan Rd.
– 10:00AM – 5:00PM
– 5-18 years old
– $20 one time fee for yearlong membership 

YMCA of Metro Chicago (10 Locations)
– Offers School Days Out Program
– Will expand program for strike
– Students ages 5-12
– Fee required

Lake View YMCA, 3333 N. Marshfield
– 773-248-3333
– $60/day for new attendees (if you have not done a program before you must register in person)
– Cost is discounted for YMCA members and individuals who have participated in past programs
– Registration currently only available for October 17th, but more registration dates will open up based on length of strike

Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club, 2500 Block of Irving Park Road
– 8:00AM – 6:00PM
– $60/day for those not already enrolled
– Financial assistance available

Jewish Community Center of Chicago, 30 S Wells St.
– Strike-day camps
– $80 for 8:00AM – 4:00PM Camps
– $20 aftercare

Albany Park Community Center, 4754 N. Leavitt St.
– Children 5-12
– 9:00AM – 6:00PM
– $25/day

Music House West Rogers Park, 2925 W. Devon Ave.
– Options for early/late childcare
– $85/day

CircEsteem’s Safe Space Circus Camp, 4730 N. Sheridan Rd.
– Children 6-16
– 9:00AM – 3:00PM
– Reserve space for class on a daily basis
– Daily tuition due at dropoff each morning
– If you need financial assistance to attend camp, contact 773-732-4564

CircEsteem’s Homework & Circus Work, 4730 N. Sheridan Rd.
– 3:30PM – 6:00PM
– $30 annual registration fee required, with financial assistance available
– For more information contact 773-732-4564

Lillstreet Art Center’s School’s Out Camp, 4401 N. Ravenswood Ave.
– 9:00AM – 3:30PM
– Currently registering for October 17th and will add dates as needed
– $50/day for members and $55/day for non-members

CPS Strike Kid’s Tennis Camp with Tennis on the Lake
– Half Day Camp (9:00AM – 12:00PM or 12:00PM – 3:00PM) and Full Day Camp (9:00AM – 3:00PM) Options
– 10/21 – 10/24
– Half Day Camp $315, Full Day Camp $515
– Drop-in rates: $30/hr; $75 for half-day; $130 for full-day
– Email info@tennisonthelake.com or call 773-278-8877 to register

Facets Film Day Camp, 1517 W. Fullerton
– $20 dollars a day ($15 for members)
– 8:30- 3:30; snack and popcorn provided but students should pack a lunch
– Students should pack a notebook and 2 pencils

Freedom Center West Humboldt Park, 825 N. Christiana Ave.
– Breakfast, lunch and a snack included
– FREE

Red Shield Center, 945 W. 69th Street
– 8:00AM – 8:00PM
– Lunch and snacks provided
– 200 spaces; no registration required
– FREE

Marillac St. Vincent De Paul Center
– Breakfast, lunch and snacks provided
– 7:00AM – 6:00PM
– FREE

Storehouse Church, 5701 W. Montrose
– 8:00AM – 12:00PM
– FREE

Shedd Aquarium’s Camp Shedd October 23-25
– 8:00AM – 3:00PM with aftercare until 5:00p
– Students enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade
– $100/day
– More information at https://www.sheddaquarium.org/programs-and-events/camp-shedd-cps-october

Power Up Tech Academy, 2867 N. Clybourn Ave.
– 9:00AM-1:00PM
– Students ages 7-12
– $59/day

Windy City Fieldhouse Supervised Open Gym, 2367 W. Logan Blvd.
– 9:00AM – 3:30PM with half day morning and afternoon options
– Students ages 5-12
– $50/full day and $35/half day

Salvation Army, 5950 S. Spaulding Ave.
– 9:00AM – 2:30PM
– Lunch provided
– FREE
– Call 773-434-0488 for more information

Waveland Bowl, 3700 N. Western Ave.
– 2 free games of bowling for CPS students
– Open-5:00PM on school days
– Shoe rental not included.

College App Help from UChicago Civic Engagement
– College Advising Corps at University of Chicago and select Chicago Public Library Locations
– Advisers will be on hand to help students with college-application work
– Monday, October 28

Local College Visits
– Many local area colleges and universities have availability for tours and information sessions this week
– Visit the college or university website and look under visit or admissions tabs to check availability and sign up

This page will be updated as more information becomes available.