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.