A stay at the hospital can take kids away from many of their daily activities. To accommodate school needs, we offer two fee-free education programs. Each program serves a slightly different purpose.
The School Services program is led by Scott Zagalak, M. Ed and Catherine Vautier, M. Ed. This program is designed to keep children engaged in learning and moving forward in their school's curriculum while hospitalized. It serves patients with a full range of diagnoses regardless of length of stay. School Services can help with many aspects of your child's education, such as:
Work with your child's school to coordinate instruction
Focus on core subjects as well as preferred interests
Provide age/grade appropriate learning activities
Communicate in regard to a child's needs upon discharge
Act as a liaison with the CPS teachers
The Chicago Cubs Charities Classroom (located in the Panda Cares Center of Hope on the 12th floor) is open year-round. Access is available by appointment and, when staffing allows, walk-ins are welcome. We encourage visiting this space to experience hands-on learning fun – homework is not necessary but curiosity and a sense of adventure are welcome!
Additionally, the Chicago Board of Education assigns two teachers who work exclusively with Chicago Public Schools students who meet criteria for their services. These teachers are on premises for the CPS calendar year and regular CPS hours. Patients enrolled in CPS have full access to our classroom and all of its resources.