New Website for the new school year! / ¡Nuevo sitio web para el nuevo año escolar!
October 2023 | READ

Parent leaders welcome Chicago’s new mayor / Los padres líderes dan la biendenida al nuevo alcalde de Chicago
June 2023 | READ

Kids First Chicago hosts conversation about Elected School Board / Kids First Chicago organiza una conversación sobre la Junta de Educación Electa
May 2023 | READ

We all play a role in keeping Chicago Connected / Todos jugamos un papel en mantener a Chicago conectado
March 2023 | READ

A Case Study In Radically Inclusive Policy Design/ [Nuevo Informe] Un estudio de Diseño De Políticas Radicalmente Inclusivas
February 2023 | READ

Parent Leadership In Action & Early Learning Data Design Team / Liderazgo de padres en acción y equipo de diseño de datos de educación temprana
January 2023 | READ


Every child deserves to have proper education – you can make it happen / Todos los niños merecen tener una educación adecuada: usted puede ayudar
December 2022 | READ

Give a gift that inspires / Dé un regalo que inspira
November 2022 | READ

Meet Our New Parent Leadership Fellowship Cohort! / ¡Conozca a nuestra nuevo cohorte del Programa de Liderazgo para Padres!
October 2022 | READ

Meet our Parent Advisory Board's New Executive Committee / Conozca al nuevo Comité Ejecutivo de nuestra Junta Asesora de Padres
September 2022 | READ

You’re Invited to Our Living Room / Estas invitadx/a/o a Nuestra Sala
August 2022 | READ

Meet K1C Parents Leaders Addressing Local Issues / Conozca a los padres líderes de K1C que se encargan de los asuntos locales
July 2022 | READ

Celebrating Our Parent Leadership Fellows / Celebrando nuestros padres de liderazgo
June 2022 | READ

Celebrating Our Parent Champions / Celebrando nuestros padres campeones
April 2022 | READ

Parent Discuss Equitable School Funding in New Talk Series / Los padres discuten el financiamiento escolar equitativo en una nueva serie de charlas
March 2022 | READ

Continuing to Explore Chicago’s Enrollment Crisis /Continuando a explorar la crisis de inscripcion de Chicago
February 2022 | READ

NEW REPORT: Chicago’s School Enrollment Crisis / NUEVO REPORTE: La crisis de inscripcion de Chicago
January 2022 | READ


In 2021, we are working to move beyond education recovery to education reimagination for Chicago’s students and families in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. We celebrated one year of Chicago Connected, released two new reports in our Parent-Led Solutions to Education Recovery series, and worked hard to uplift and center parent perspectives throughout an unusual year.

Giving, a reason to celebrate! / Generosidad, ¡una razón para celebrar!
December 2021 | READ

Thank You To Our Partners! / ¡Gracias a nuestros apoyadores!
November 2021 | READ

New Digital Learning Resources through Chicago Connected / Nuevos recursos digitales de aprendizaje a través de Chicago Connected
October 2021 | READ

K1C Launches the Parent Leadership Fellowship / K1C lanza una comunidad de liderazgo para padres
September 2021 | READ

K1C & Parents Weigh In On Back-To-School / K1C y padres comentan sobre el regreso a la escuela
August 2021 | READ

Preparing For A New School Year / Preparando Para Un Nuevo Año Escolar
July 2021 | READ

NEW REPORT: Chicago Connected, A Year in Review / NUEVO REPORTE: Chicago Connected, Un Año en Revisión
June 2021 | READ

Thank You, Dr. Jackson! / ¡Gracias, Dr. Jackson!
May 2021 | READ

Daniel Anello Receives Mayoral Medal Of Honor! / ¡Daniel Anello Recibe La Medalla De Honor!
April 2021 | READ

Celebrating Our Parent Superheroes / Celebrando A Nuestros Superhéroes
March 2021 | READ

Maintaining Community During COVID-19/ Manteniendo Comunidad Durante COVID-19
February 2021 | READ

Happy New Year! / ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!
January 2021 | READ


In 2020, we focused on alleviating some of the harm of the COVID-19 pandemic on Chicago’s students and families. We spearheaded the new Chicago Connected program and launched our education recovery initiative to ensure that parents are heard in decision-making around remote learning and back-to-school plans. Read more in our 2020 newsletters.

Announcing Our 2020 Impact Report!
December 2020 | READ

Thank You from Kids First Chicago
November 2020 | READ

Coming Together in a Virtual World
October 2020 | READ

Back To School with Kids First Chicago
September 2020 | READ

Preparing for CPS Remote Learning
August 2020 | READ

[New Report] Parent-Led Solutions for Education Recovery
July 2020 | READ

Thank You for Putting Kids First!
June 2020 | READ

Announcing Chicago Connected
Special Message | READ

Newest Installment of Comprehensive District Analysis
Special Message | READ

The Importance of Connecting our Families during COVID-19
May 2020 | READ

[New Report] Digital Equity in Education in the Coronavirus Era April 2020 | READ

What do Chicago families need right now? Let's ask them.
March 2020 | READ

Celebrating the power of partnerships
February 2020 | READ

Join us in celebrating our parent and partner champions on February 13!
January 2020 | READ


In 2019, we released the second iteration of the Annual Regional Analysis, partnered with district leadership to design and implement kids-first policies, and supported families in navigating to high-quality schools. We also celebrated 15 years of educational transformation in October with 300+ friends, partners, and champions.

Kids First Chicago’s 2019 Impact
December 2019 | READ

Happy Thanksgiving from K1C!
November 2019 | READ

[Video Recap] Kids First Chicago’s 15th Anniversary Celebration!
October 2019 | READ

Join the Conversation on Chicago’s Educational Transformation
September 2019 | READ

Honoring Our Parent Champions
August 2019 | READ

Join K1C This Summer!
July 2019 | READ

Celebrating Progress and Looking Ahead
June 2019 | READ

Community Perspectives on Community Hubs
May 2019 | READ

A New Chapter for Chicago
April 2019 | READ

Diving deeper into the ARA 2018-19
March 2019 | READ

Announcing the Annual Regional Analysis 2018-19!
Special Message | READ

Celebrating our Parent and Partner Champions
February 2019 | READ

Happy New Year from Kids First Chicago!
January 2019 | READ


In 2018, we focused on supporting the district in implementing GoCPS at the high-school level, gathering and disseminating transparent information to families, communities, and district leadership, and working with our School Improvement Cohort II to increase school quality.

We also partnered with Chicago Public Schools to develop and release the Annual Regional Analysis, a first-of-its-kind comprehensive, unified fact base of information on school quality and quantity, choice/enrollment patterns, and programmatic offerings in each region of the city.

December 2018 | READ

Impact in Action: School Quality Search Pages
Special Message | READ

Impact in Action: Our School Enrollment Workshops
Special Message | READ

Sharing Our Gratitude
November 2018 | READ

Communities Start Constructive Conversations Around the ARA
October 2018 | READ

A New School Report! The Annual Regional Analysis
September 2018 | READ

What Parents Think About GoCPS
August 2018 | READ

New Schools for Chicago Transitions to Kids First Chicago
July/August 2018 | READ

2017-2018 School Year in Review
June 2018 | READ

Community Perspectives on Education in Englewood
May 2018 | READ

How a Personal Journey can Fuel Action
April 2018 | READ

GoCPS Initial Participation Results
March 2018 | READ

CPS CEO Dr. Janice Jackson Joins us for Commercial Club Lunch
February 2018 | READ

Chicago Begins the Year Strong
January 2018 | READ


In 2017, we worked to ensure the passage of universal enrollment at the high-school level by bridging the gap between grasstops and grassroots stakeholders. We collected parent feedback on the current application process, hired national experts as advisors and critical partners, and provided project management support to Chicago Public Schools.

We also released a pivotal report Who is Sitting in those Seats? which examines district performance from 2011 to 2017.

A Year of Progress
December 2017 | READ

A Changing Landscape
November 2017 | READ

Introducing Great Schools Matter
October 2017 | READ

GoCPS Launches
Special Message | READ

Preparing for GoCPS & Improving Services to Families
September 2017 | READ

Welcoming Grantees
August 2017 | READ

Statement on Illinois School Funding Reform
Special Message | READ

Implementing GoCPS Alongside CPS
July 2017 | READ

Breaking: NSC Released Quality Seats Report
Special Message | READ

Reflecting on School Year 2016-2017
June 2017 | READ

A Month of Community Engagement
May 2017 | READ

CPS Board of Directors Approve the Single Application
April 2017 | READ

Universal Enrollment System on the Horizon
March 2017 | READ

What a Single Application Means for Chicago Parents and Students
February 2017 | READ

Reflecting on Progress and Looking Towards the Future
January 2017 | READ


In 2016, we dove head first into engaging parents and students in the CPS enrollment process with the launch of Kids First Chicago as a campaign to support parents.

Enrollment Workshops Make Headlines
December 2016 | READ

Parents & Alumni Speak About Education
November 2016 | READ

More Kids in High-Quality Seats
October 2016 | READ

Introducing Kids First Chicago
September 2016 | READ

Grantees Accelerate Student Outcomes
August 2016 | READ

Students, Parents, & Teachers Fight for Schools
June/July 2016 | READ

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