Save Our School! Our Children Deserve A Choice!

Save Our School! Our Children Deserve A Choice!

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Little Angels Learning Center started this petition to Mayor Lori Lightfoot and

The defunding of Little Angels and other programs like it is further decimating our already vulnerable and underserved neighborhood(s). Just as was the case with the CPS closings of 2013 in primarily black and brown communities, this mass disinvestment in children of color will lead to forced community abandonment and decreased student outcomes.

Just last year, the University of Chicago Consortium released a groundbreaking study on Chicago school closures clearly indicating that “since the mass closures, student enrollment has continued to drop dramatically” and “closing schools....does not improve the outcome of displaced children.” The effects of this decision will have far reaching implications on students and families’ lives for years to come.If you do not find a way to equitably fund early learning programs, our communities will undoubtedly see the largest sweeping school closings in Chicago history, and our children will suffer because of it. 

Defunding community based programs, (Little Angels) is a clear misalignment between the messages and the actions of the City of Chicago. Both the previous and current mayoral administration and Chicago Public Schools have been extremely vocal about supporting and collaborating with community-based early learning programs, and yet they are retracting funding from those very programs. Although DFSS has stated that they are working to “smoothly transition” defunded programs and the families who will be displaced by their closing, there is absolutely nothing smooth about tearing families and children--babies even--from their only known educational homes and trusted programs, especially considering Department of Family & Support Services (DFSS) continuity of care model.  

I am adding my name to this letter to encourage you and your team to demonstrate fair transparency in how decisions are being made about pressuring early learning sites to close without sufficient funding and asking parents to move their children to “alternative programs.” We also urge you to implement an appeal process so that Little Angels and other programs like it will be able to receive the funding that they need to continue to serve families in our community.

Thank you.

Mrs Nashone Greer-Adams

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