We provide unbiased data expertise to community and district stakeholders alike

In Chicago, students and families struggle not only to find basic information about our schools, but also to understand the implications of this information on students’ education. Without digestible, accurate information, families are often left out of the decision-making process when it comes to schools.

We partnered with CPS to create a first-of-its-kind comprehensive fact base called the Annual Regional Analysis (ARA). It is a consistent set of information on enrollment, student demographics, school quality, school choice, and program offerings for all students in all Chicago Public Schools, organized by region.

In developing the Annual Regional Analysis, CPS needed an independent intermediary that could undertake additional analysis to uncover barriers to quality and access, build knowledge and capacity of grassroots stakeholders, and create a model for community-driven school planning that can be replicated in other regions within CPS. Kids First Chicago is uniquely positioned to serve in this intermediary role because of our track record of effectively engaging family and community stakeholders to support high-impact district policy change as well as our commitment to elevating community and family input on school improvement. We are dedicated to keeping this data publicly available to all stakeholders to promote transparency in the Chicago Public Schools system.