Friday, September 7, 2012

CPS Strike Camp Options & Teacher Support Tees

Want more info on what the teachers want?   Check this video out.

Over here at ChiIL Mama, we still have all our fingers and toes crossed that the CPS teachers won't have to strike this coming Monday.    Our teachers are a crucial resource and are underpaid and overworked as it is!! has great info about an elected school board.

Want to wear a t-shirt and show your support?   The T-Shirt Deli has Chicago flag t's with apples for the stars.

What to do with the kids 
in case of a strike
If you have to work away from home and need a safe, fun, educational space for your kids.   Here are our top picks:


The McCormick Tribune YMCA will extend the Camp program on site at the YMCA
during the CPS Teacher work stoppage. Capacity is limited and we are
anticipating a high demand. ALL students enrolled in our YMCA After School
program off-site and those who participated in our Summer Camp will a have
priority registration time.   Check with your local Y for strike camp specifics.

Sharp As A Tack/ Dream Big Performing Arts

Collaboratively present a 

Strike Camp

In the event of a Chicago Teachers Union Strike, Source 4 Chicago, a collaboration of four of Chicago's most popular enrichment programs, will offer a week-long full day multi-disciplinary camp for children in K-6th grades at multiple locations throughout Chicago at a special weekly rate of $175.   

What will my child experience in this camp?   Students enrolled in our week-long camp will rotate through four specialized classes throughout each day.  Children will have the opportunity to stretch their fine arts muscles in drama and dance with Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop and Design Dance, build cognitive thinking skills through interactive games with Sharp as a Tack as well as develop their language skills in either French or Spanish through fun games, songs and other engaging activities with Little Linguists Academy.  As students have fun exploring each of these dynamic disciplines daily, they will be creating a mini-musical and developing skills that will contribute to their end of the week original performance and sharing.  Each day will also include outdoor physical activities.

Dates:  September 10-14th (Weekly and daily options available.  Strike Camp will be extended one week at a time depending on the strike schedule.)

Hours:  9 am-4 pm (Before and after care are available at an additional cost between the hours of 8 am-5:30 pm) 

Location:  First Free Church located at 5255 N. Ashland Ave (corner of Berwyn and Ashland Ave in Andersonville)
Other locations: TBD

Before Care and After Care:   
Before Care 8-9 am: $10/per day
After Care 4-5:30 pm: $15/per day

Price:  $175 per week or $40 per day  

Grades: K-6 (Students in 7-12th grades are encouraged to apply to be intern assistants for the various classes we offer as well as gain experience assisting our camp director.) 

In order to reserve your space and help us plan appropriately, we strongly encourage you to register early.  If there is no strike, Source 4 will promptly refund all payments.  Currently, we only have 60 spots available

For more information and to register, visit us at  Please feel free to contact us directly with any additional questions at or by calling 312.476.9055.

Join us as your Source 4 learning, community, dance, language, games, drama, foreign language, creativity and... FUN!

Perform! Play! Learn! Grow!

Multilingual Chicago

CPS Strike Camp – Spanish Immersion

We hope a strike will be averted, but we’re making plans for it regardless!
Pack a lunch and drop off your kindergarten through 5th grader at Multilingual Chicago for a fun and enriching week of Spanish Immersion Strike Camp!
Our engaging Spanish teachers will welcome your kids and get them speaking Spanish from the minute they walk through the door. Activities include games, art, traditional dance and music and – weather permitting – trips to Unity Park to enjoy some fresh air.
This program is designed for kids of all Spanish levels, from novice to native.
  • Monday September 10-Friday September 14 (hopefully it won’t be necessary to extend to the following week, but we’ll be ready just in case!)
  • Drop-off: as early as 8:30am (class starts at 9am) / Pickup: 4pm
  • Price: $299 per child (10% sibiling discount – enter code MKSIB at checkout)
  • Daily and half-day options available too! (daily: $60; half-day week: $150 – call/email to register)
  • Location: 2934 N. Milwaukee Ave. Suite C (Logan Square / Avondale)
Limited spots available, so click here to reserve your space now! If a strike doesn’t happen, fees will be refunded.  Questions?  Just let us know!

Kids Science Labs

Special Camp Week - September 10th to September 14th
We understand some children may be out of school next week due to the CPS strike, so we have added an additional week of summer camp for 6-10 yr olds, details can be found here.  Camp will run 9am-3pm Monday-Friday and will be fantastic.   Space is limited to the first 15 children to sign up.  Cost will be $75/day or $325/week.  A $50 deposit can be made to reserve your spot (312) 846-1426.  In the event there is not a strike, this deposit can be transferred to a class session.

Journey World (Girl Scouts-open to all ages/genders)

Journey World will be providing all day programs in the event that the teachers decide to go on strike. We will plan to run the city on each day since the children absolutely LOVE working in the city and being in charge! This program can also accommodate mixed ages and a large number of children at one time. Below is a basic schedule of the day and additional details regarding registration. Please note that the program plan is subject to change.

Program Plan:

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Drop off starts at 8:45 a.m.
and Registration on Suite 500
9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Indoor Games
for Jobs
(NOTE: Jobs will be randomly selected daily)
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
It’s Your Future – Dream It!
(Run the city)
1:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Recess and Outdoor Games
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Fun Stations

Creative Crafts
Science Spills
Music and Movement
Reading and Word Games

3:00 p.m.
Pick-up on Suite 500
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
After care

Program Fees:
·         Workshop fee (9:00 a.m. – 3 p.m.) - $20/child/day
·         After care (3-6 p.m.) - $5/child/hour/day
·         Early drop off (starts at 8:15 a.m.) - $5/child/day

Registration Policy:
·         Daily sign-in and payment.

Additional Details:
·         Pack a sack lunch and extra snacks each day.
·         Journey World provides snacks throughout the day.

Time Out Chicago Kids also adds the following options:

If you're a parent of a kid in Chicago Public Schools, you're probably scrambling right now, trying to figure out where to send your child next week, should the teachers go on strike. The district has set up a website with information on its "Children First" program, which will keep 144 schools open for kids to receive meals and supervision. But schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard said there would be no instruction at these schools, and admitted that they were options mostly for parents who could not afford other care arrangements. The district has also released a list of "safe haven" sites, essentially a selection of churches who willl open their doors to strike-stranded kids. If you're looking to make plans, here's a rundown of various art centers and schools offering full-day programs for kids. We'll keep adding to the list as we hear of more, so check back.
  • Voice of the City, a local arts organization, will offer a week-long arts camp for children grades K to 8th in case of a CPS strike. The classes will be at the Hairpin Arts Center, 2800 N Milwaukee Avenue, in Logan Square. Classes are $175 for the week, or $45 for a day, and run from 8am–4pm. Call 312-576-7236 or visit
  • If your kid's more of an athlete, BASH Sports Academy, 2617 W Fletcher St, will run a baseball drills camp while school is out for kids ages 7 to 12. It will run you $50 for a half-day from 9am to noon, or $65 for a full day from 9am to 3pm. Call 773-682-5549 or 773-588-2274 for more information.
  • The Neuro Kitchen Art Collective will hold a "curiosity club" strike camp that encourages kids to design their own schools. The camp will meet at the Prop Thtr, 3502 N Elston Ave, and will run you $200 for the week or $40 per day. 
  • Registration has already begun for strike camps at Wishcraft Workshop, 2312 W Roscoe St. Slots will be available from 9am to 2pm, or 9am to 6pm, and will cost $50 a day for 9am-2pm, and $25 for afternoon care. Here's all of the info, including how to contact the workshop now to get on the list.

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