Our sincere hope is that the insights presented in this report series will serve as a foundation for meaningful conversations, innovative solutions, and collaborative efforts. Chicago is a city of boundless potential. Together, we have the power to address these challenges head-on, create an environment where families thrive, and welcome newcomers with open arms.
It is time to unite our public and private sectors, civic organizations, and community leaders in a common purpose – making Chicago a magnet for families.
Kids First Chicago would first like to thank the members of the Enrollment Solutions Design Team for their skillful and dedicated leadership through the project’s demanding multi-year process.
We extend our appreciation to the 163 parents who participated in our nine parent-led workshops. Each participant provided a distinct experience and view on the issues considered.
Vanessa Espinoza, a parent on the ESDT and dual-language specialist on the project, provided invaluable support throughout the engagement process and played a key role in preparing materials for the project team and the entire design team with a commitment to accuracy and inclusion.
This project was led by several Kids First Chicago staff members including Hal Woods, Micaelan Gasperich, Jasmin Pizano Luna, Kendall Moore-Fields, Dr. José Pacas, Dr. Chris Poulos, and Kristin Pollock.
ENROLLMENT SOLUTION DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS
Katrina Adams, Avalon Park
Luz María Flores, Back of the Yards
Jamica Holliness, North Lawndale
Lilia Guevara, McKinley Park
Taschaunda Hall, North Lawndale
Karonda Locust, Austin
Lorena López, Back of the Yards
Melanie Lopez, Jefferson Park
Consuelo Martinez, Back of the Yards
Guadalupe Ojeda, Rogers Park
Tierra Pearson, Austin
Brenda Rivera, Humboldt Park
Maria Sanchez, Chicago Lawn
Alma Silva-Sigala, Back of the Yards
Cata P. Truss, Austin
Carolina Velarde, Back of the Yards
Andrea Zayas, Humboldt Park