Education Program

A stay at the hospital can take kids away from many of their daily activities, including school. To help make sure children don’t lose ground in school while they’re being treated, we offer an education program for all of our patients and their siblings, free of charge.

Our program, led by former Chicago Public Schools (CPS) teacher Pat Ebervein, M.Ed, is designed to help keep children with the full range of diagnoses engaged in their education; we work with patients that are at the hospital for just a few days of treatment, to chronic patients that stay with us for months.

Our Services

We can help with many aspects of your child’s education, including:

  • Work with your child's school to coordinate instruction
  • Focus on specific “weak” subjects as well as those a child particularly enjoys
  • Provide age/grade appropriate learning activities
  • Direct you and your child to resources available at your local school or district
  • Advocate for your child at their school (when necessary)
  • Act as a liaison with the CPS teachers that work within the hospital

Our classroom is equipped with the latest educational technology, and our SmartBoard, iPads and computers are all available for your child’s supervised use.

Working with Your Child

Patients are encouraged to come to the Chicago Cubs Charities Classroom in the Family Life Center  on the 12th floor for tutoring, but our volunteers can also meet with children bedside to go over their work. We also provide opportunities for learning activities and exploration of hands-on materials in the classroom.

We also have two teachers from the Board of Education who work exclusively with patients in CPS. Our program refers patients to these teachers, and their students have full access to all of our resources.

Lurie Children’s Division of Epilepsy  and Department of Audiology have education specialists that work with their patients and their schools to help plan IEPs and act as children’s school liaison and advocate.

Our classroom and tutors are available during the following times, though other times are available by appointment:

  • Daytime: Monday – Friday, 10:00-11:30 a.m.; 1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Evening: Monday – Thursday, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Sign Up

If you would like to get your child involved with our program, please tell a member of your care team, such as a nurse, doctor, social worker or child life specialist. If you have any questions, please contact Pat Ebervein at 312.227.3353


Visit these websites for additional help with your child’s education.