Community & Wraparound Programs

Many schools are working to plug vacancies, boost student attendance, and address student mental health and academic needs this fall.
Officials and providers alike describe the expansion as largely successful, but providers have pointed to a few problems to work out for the future.
Tips about planned school attacks rolled in after Oxford High School shooting.
District taps COVID relief funds to support family-friendly Summer on the Block events, summer programming and door-to-door outreach
The one-time payments come as inflation has tightened household budgets across the country.
Illinois advocates raise concerns about low wages, lack of job security, and increased burnout for after-school workers that could lead to a staff shortage.
Ahead of the school year, Chicago Public Schools is encouraging families to sign up for its preschool program, which has thousands of open seats.
A severe water main break led to families experiencing little to no water in their homes and schools to cancel services to students.
Culinary camp is among dozens of summer programs offered by Chicago Public Schools. The district enrolled more than 90,000 students, but some programs struggled to serve as many children as they hoped.
Newark’s virtual reality program pays students to work in the metaverse, learn how to code, and develop their own realities as part of the city’s six-week summer youth jobs program.
Parents are rallying to save five school-based health clinics operated by SUNY Downstate, which serve 10 schools.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office alleges Denver Public Schools recruited employees to serve as AmeriCorps volunteers and get benefits for doing their regular jobs.
Some school officials are bracing for a spike in student meal debt as paperwork requirements return.
Families are finding more demand than availability in summer camp programs for Chicago children. The pandemic has added to the shortage.
Using equipment that meets their individual needs, the youth are experiencing the joy of camp at Kids Tri Camp in Chicago.
Districts have seen a drop in applications during the pandemic, but families will need them again this school year.
Este otoño se requerirá que los estudiantes tengan un formulario nuevo completado en el distrito escolar a fin de determinar si son elegibles para recibir comidas gratuitas o a precio reducido.
Anyone 18 years old or younger is eligible for free lunch and breakfast this summer at more than 300 schools, pools and parks across the city.
A Chicago planning document includes proposals to create a Department of Learning, repurpose vacant schools, subsidize child care, and offer career training for people leaving prison.
A Chicago food bank is partnering with organizations such as Lakeside Square Apartments during the summer to feed children who qualify for free or reduced school lunch.
Las nuevas restricciones al aborto podrían aumentar la pobreza infantil y perjudicar el futuro educativo de las mujeres, entre otros impactos potenciales en el sistema escolar estadounidense.
New federal legislation will help keep school meal programs financially afloat this fall and get more food to kids this summer.
High school students in Highland Park have had to enroll in Detroit and nearby suburban schools
Communities are navigating the reality of gun violence and school shootings. Here is a guide of resources for students, parents, teachers, and more.
Many organizations will face tough decisions about laying off staff and cutting back services that have been a cornerstone of the city’s much-lauded Community Schools program.
Memphis-Shelby County Schools wants a “fresh start” at Kingsbury High School. The community says it wants to be heard.
All Colorado students have had access to free lunch for the last two years. Lawmakers are considering a ballot measure to continue that benefit.
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