Today, Chicago Public Schools (CPS), in partnership with Chicago Beyond and the Children First Fund: the Chicago Public Schools Foundation, announced a first-of-its-kind, multi-year effort to build upon the district’s foundation of supports through the ‘Healing-Centered Framework,’ a transformative roadmap and collection of resources for CPS to proactively and responsively meet the wellness needs of each individual student. The effort, which is funded by a $24 million investment over the next three years, will ensure every school has a behavioral health team and a trusted adult in the building to support students, and more. The initiative is centered around comprehensive and holistic healing and has been shaped by ideas and feedback from hundreds of teachers, staff, students, administrators, CPS families, and community partners. The Framework focuses not only on the wellness of students but on the wellness of the adults like school staff, families, and caregivers that support them.

“Fundamental to our commitment to educate the whole child is a focus on our students’ social and emotional wellbeing,” said CPS CEO Dr. Janice K. Jackson. “Trauma is a debilitating force that can derail a student’s focus, and as educators we need to ensure our students feel entirely supported both in and out of the classroom. Now more than ever, we are committed to the mental and emotional wellbeing of our students and I’m proud to be able to expand our already robust SEL supports for every CPS student.”

Click the links below to read the Chalkbeat article or visit CPS website to learn more about the Healing Centered Framework. To watch the full live of CPS welcome launch click here.