Resources for Families Impacted by the Strike

Parent & Family Engagement | 02/12/2019

Danielle DeSantis
Director of State Organizing

Educators from the Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA) are currently on strike while negotiations with Denver Public Schools (DPS) continue.

I wanted to share some resources I thought may be helpful for your family during this time: 

  • Information from DPS about what to expect at school: Family Resource Guides are available in multiple languages here. Also, help is available in multiple languages from the DPS Family Helpline at 720-423-3054 between 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.   
  • Preschool: Early childhood education programs are cancelled. Parents searching for licensed child care options during the teacher strike may call Colorado Shines Child Care Referral at Mile High United Way at 1-877-338-2273 or text “child care referral” to 898-211.  
  • Meals: DPS has stated that meals will continue to be served at schools as usual. Preschool students accompanied by a parent will be able eat at school. DCTA has established four food bank locations where they will be collecting and distributing non-perishable food items from 7 a.m. to noon:
    • Northwest – Denver Firefighters Local 858: 12 Lakeside Lane
    • Northeast – IBEW Local 111: 5965 E. 39th Ave.
    • Southwest – National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 47: 5151 W. First Ave
    • Southeast – Unite Here Local 23: 5303 E Evans Ave., # 302.

According to Chalkbeat, the city of Denver will have meals and snacks available at recreation centers and libraries. KDVR has compiled some other resources here

DCTA and DPS are set to return to the negotiating table today. As we have said before, it is our hope that DPS and DCTA reach an agreement soon. 

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