On October 26th, POWER-PAC joined Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, Fight Crime/Invest in Kids, and the Southside Early Learning Network for a press conference to promote home-visiting programs that support parents in raising emotionally healthy infants and toddlers. As POWER-PAC parent leader and program participant, Kimberly Smith, from Stagg Elementary in Englewood, shared: “This program is so important for me and my community. We know that investing time in our children now helps break the cycle of violence.”
Earlier this month, on October 5th, 100 POWER-PAC parent activists called on Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and school systems across the country to put a moratorium on out-of-school suspensions. They referred to studies that show that out-of-school suspensions lead to school drop-out. POWER-PAC joined other members of the national Dignity in Schools Campaign to host this event as part of the National Week of Action on School Push-Out.
Chicago Public Schools’ Chief Safety and Security Officer, Jadine Chou (above, far left), praised POWER-PAC’s help in creating a new training for CPS security personnel. She committed to work with POWER-PAC to improve school climate citywide.