Like many, as our world began to rapidly shift as a result of COVID-19, our team hunkered down to do what we do best — ask parents what they need.
Since the beginning of this city, and indeed nationwide crisis, our team has made more than 200 phone calls (and counting!) to Chicago Public Schools parents, to understand what they need and how we can best support them.
Stories of Chicago families’ resilience have been humbling and inspiring for our team at Kids First Chicago.
Many of you have reached out to ask what we’ve been hearing from the families who we partner closest with — how they are coping, managing day-to-day while schools remain shuttered, and planning for the foreseeable future.
Three major themes have emerged from the hundreds of conversations we've had over the last two weeks:
- Access to basic needs
- Physical and mental wellness
We invite you to explore what we’ve heard from families below. We will continue to work hard to partner with communities and the city to ensure families’ basic needs are being met during these uncertain times.
Daniel Anello and the Kids First Team