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Keep the Child Development Programs Across the City Colleges of Chicago

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Mayor Emanuel and his appointed City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor, Cheryl Hyman, have made the decision to close all of the Child Development programs at five of the City Colleges and consolidate the program to one location at Truman College, which is located on the far north side.

This action disproportionately affects traditionally under-served communities particularly on the west and south side neighborhoods of Chicago, and it has wide ranging consequences for current college students, potential students and, perhaps most importantly, to young children and their families.

This decision was made without input from the impacted communities including many community-based organizations who provide services to young children and their families.

With this decision, Chicago citizens from the south and west sides will lose access to a high quality, nationally recognized education in Child Development that is currently available to them within their communities, but will be lost as of fall 2016.

The failed busing program developed by City Colleges of Chicago to shuttle students from one campus to the next is the only answer given by representatives of the District Office when asked about the negative impact to students who are expected to travel from the far south or west side neighborhoods to the far north side campus of Truman College. Busing students across the city does not meet the needs of students who are trying to balance their family responsibilities with their work and education. For most, this model is impossible.

The Child Development faculty team from six City Colleges that have offered the Child Development degree programs are concerned that Mayor Emanuel and Chancellor Hyman do not fully understand or appreciate the value of community-based education as this decision clearly goes against the mission of community colleges, which is to serve citizens within the communities in which they live, learn, and work.

Mayor Emanuel and Chancellor Hyman: keep the Child Development Programs at all of the City Colleges so we can continue to serve the students and communities across the city, not just on the north side.

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