WE BELIEVE THAT PARENTS ARE CRITICAL TO CREATING A WORLD-CLASS SYSTEM OF CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS. 

 
 
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We believe that a healthy education environment where kids, schools, and communities thrive is the key to a world-class Chicago. We empower communities and families to identify, navigate, and advocate for high-quality public schools for their kids—with clear and transparent information. Then we work with parents and the district to shape education policy to better support families.

 
 
 

GIVE PARENTS THE MIC.

No one knows a child better than the people who look after them every day. Make those people an integral part of the conversation—not an afterthought. We provide parents with information and tools to navigate and to demand high-quality schools for their kids. 

 

 

SHAPE POLICIES THAT PUT KIDS FIRST.

When structures get in the way of high-quality education, we use parent feedback to change those systems. We focus on “kids-first” policies that support fair access to educational opportunities, fairer funding, and transparent school quality information.

 
 
 

MOVE THE MOVABLE MIDDLE.

100,000 kids are enrolled in “ok” schools, that are just a step away from becoming great schools. We support innovative leaders whose schools are mid-performers but are poised to improve—and create better opportunities for kids in the process.

 

SUPPORT US.

Kids First Chicago is a non-profit organization that relies on the support of the civic, business, and philanthropic communities. Please join us as we transform Chicago into a world-class leader in education.

 

 
 

STRONGER SCHOOLS.
STRONGER CHICAGO.

Imagine a Chicago where every child in every community has access to a world-class education—the kind that opens the doors to new opportunities in college, career, and life. These exceptional schools offer an array of unique and innovative programming, and 100% of our students not only graduate, but graduate with the skills to shape our city and the world for the better.  Help us take Chicago’s public education system another “impossible” leap forward. Together, we can create a system where every kid defies gravity—a system that ensures equitable access to quality, funding, and transparent information in all communities—a system that can change the world. 

 
 

Announcing the release of Chicago Public SChools'

ANNUAL REGIONAL ANALYSIS

Welcome to Chicago Public Schools' (CPS) Annual Regional Analysis (ARA). This report supports Kids First Chicago’s and CPS' goal of providing every student with a high-quality education in every neighborhood by giving stakeholders a consistent set of information regarding school quality, enrollment patterns, school choice, and program offering by region.

Kids First Chicago is committed to helping you explore the information in the ARA and to help you use it to inform school planning in your community.  We encourage you to explore our online guide and to reach out to us if you’d like help using the ARA to guide your own community based discussions.