Interim CPS CEO Jesse Ruiz and the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives Announce 120 Safe Haven Locations for 2015 Summer Break 

Program Offers Parents and Guardians an Alternative While School is out of Session
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Tuesday, June 2, 2015  

Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) Office of Faith-Based Initiatives announced the Safe Haven summer program locations today. The Safe Haven program is made possible by a partnership between CPS and Chicago's faith-based communities – one that provides thousands of students with positive neighborhood options that keep them safe, active and engaged throughout the summer. This collaboration gives Chicago's children the opportunity for a productive summer filled with programs and activities to enrich their development.

“This commitment from the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives housed by the Office of Family and Community Engagement should be applauded,” said Jesse Ruiz, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Public Schools. “The Safe Haven summer program offers a fun and safe alternative for parents and guardians to keep their students engaged during the summer months.”

Since 2009, the Safe Haven program has kept CPS children engaged in creative, meaningful activities during winter, spring and summer breaks. This summer's program begins on July 6 and runs through August 14. The hours are Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., and all activities and meals (breakfast and lunch are provided at Safe Haven locations) are free for CPS students.

“Every year since the program’s inception our department is amazed with the growth and the positivity that the Safe Haven program provides,” said Philip Hampton, Chief Community and Family Engagement Officer, Chicago Public Schools. “We look forward to this year’s summer program being another success.”

Children who take advantage of Safe Haven participate in the arts, cultural enrichment programs, and social emotional learning that builds self-esteem and improves conflict resolution skills. Safe Haven also acts as an educational bridge from one school year to the next, as students are exposed to many academic programs and have the opportunity to be mentored by caring adults from their surrounding church communities.

For general information on the 2015 Safe Haven summer program, call the CPS Office of Faith-Based Initiatives at (773) 553-2500.

Chicago Public Schools serves 396,000 students in 664 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.

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