Kids First Chicago




August 23, 2018





August 9, 2018

In August of 2018,  our organization shifted our name from New Schools for Chicago, to Kids First Chicago. The media and press listed below include those published prior to our organizational name change. To learn more about our history, please visit History.

A closer look at Kids First Chicago, the group behind a report sparking debate

“We’re really a different kind of organization now,”  said Anello. “We’re pro-quality first and foremost — that includes high-quality charter schools like it includes high-quality traditional schools.”

Here’s How Daniel Anello and Kids First Chicago Put Families in the Position to Succeed

In all my years of working to bring better school choices to families on Chicago’s South and West Sides, it’s always blown my mind that people don’t take the time to listen to what these families have to say about their own kid’s education. Well, one guy who understands the importance of it is Daniel Anello. Daniel is the CEO of Kids First Chicago, a local nonprofit that works with families to get the best education possible. I talked with him recently about that work and his path toward education advocacy. 

-Tanesha Peeples, Deputy Director of Outreach, Education Post


February 13, 2018

Parents Know the Answers, We Just Have to Listen to Them

Putting parent voices at the center of our work has become a manifesto for how our organization approaches education policy. We now flip every policy conversation on its head and allow parents and families—not the wonks and politicians—to drive the conversation.



December 1, 2017

Enough with the negative reporting on Chicago Public Schools

In 15 years, Chicago has seen unprecedented improvements in education—progress that isn't confined to one school type, model, or curriculum. (For more on this, see a recent study connducted by education researcher Sean Reardon of Stanford University.)

Chicago has made progress despite six CPS superintendents in nearly as many years, near fiscal insolvency, a teacher strike, and inequitable funding for our kids. We did this despite constant turf wars over school type, governance, labor, and more. Chicago students achieved because amazing educators, school leaders, administrators, parents, and many others refused to allow competing interests of adults to impede the progress of kids.




Chicago’s Schools Are ‘Pretty Good,’ But That’s Not Good Enough
Education Post, September 2017

We need to talk about race, even in the North Country
The Sun, 
September 2017

Why the NAACP Should Look Beyond Misleading Narratives & Work With Charters to Lift Up Black Students
The 74 Million, August 2017

1 of 4 African-American students stuck in subpar schools: Report
The Chicago Sun Times
July 2017

Kids First Chicago hosts On the Table Event
Chicago Defender, May 2017

Single Application For Families Comes to CPS High Schools
Chicago Defender, May 2017

CPS Aims to Simplify High School Applications With New ‘GoCPS’ Model
WTTW Chicago, April 2017

Stop Playing Political Games with our Schools
State Journal Registrar, April 2017

Fact vs. Fiction: The True Story on Academic Achievement at Chicago Public Schools
Medium, April 2017

How Some Chicagoans Are Unlocking the 'School Choice' Puzzle
Ed Surge, January 2017



Parents, Students Navigate CPS Enrollment Process
Austin Talks, December 2016

Having so Many School Choices Stressful for Chicago Parents
Chicago Sun-Times, December 2016

Nonprofit Puts School Choice into Parents' Hands
Austin Weekly News, December 2016