WHAT: The Salvation Army will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for an on-site early child care center at Chicago Public School’s (CPS) Simpson Academy for Young Women. Simpson Academy is the only public school in Chicago and Illinois for pregnant women and young mothers. Located on the grounds of Simpson Academy, the new facility features three infant rooms and one toddler classroom and can serve a total of 36 children. Staffed by certified Salvation Army child care providers, the center will provide young mothers with the satisfaction of knowing that their children are receiving high-quality child care and Early Head Start services in an easily accessible, nearby location, so they can remain focused on their education. Also, on the campus is an on-site health clinic operated by Rush University, providing primary care, prenatal care, and infant and pediatric care. Leadership from The Salvation Army will join other community leaders to take part in the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
10 a.m. – Reception
10:30 a.m. – Press Conference and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
11:30 a.m. – Tours of Early Head Start Center
Simpson Academy,1321 S. Paulina St
Access to event parking on Hastings Street, just west of Ashland Avenue.
Event will be held in the parking lot outside the Early Head Start Center
*Rain plan – event will be held in the Montefiore School
Lt. Colonel Ralph Bukiewicz, Metropolitan Divisional Commander, The Salvation Army
Joyika Kidd-Stamps, Principal, Simpson Academy for Young Women
Alderman Bob Fioretti, 2nd Ward
Simpson Academy Student Speakers
BACKGROUND: The Salvation Army is the largest social service organization in the world and the single largest direct provider of social services in Chicago and the state of Illinois. The Army operates 200 points of entry in neighborhoods across the greater Chicago area, providing disaster relief, shelter, meals, rehabilitation programs, child care and Head Start, senior services and more. On any given night, about 1,200 people are sleeping under a Salvation Army roof. In 2010, The Army celebrated 125 years of service in Chicago. The Salvation Army is there every day, 24-hours-a-day in Chicago and throughout the country providing disaster relief to people in crisis. For more information about The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division or to donate or volunteer, please visit www.salarmychicago.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-825-2769).
The Simpson Academy for Young Women is the only public school for pregnant girls and mothers in Chicago and Illinois serving girls grades 6 to 12 from throughout Chicago, and it has been a school with CPS for over 30 years. In 2011, Simpson Academy changed from a transitional school that served pregnant students until they gave birth to a full-time school focused on supporting students even after they became mothers. The school is focused on developing “Great Mothers, Great Scholars, and Great Citizens” and has a graduation rate of more than 90%.