Velma Thomas Opens Early Childhood Education Enrollment for Fall 2020

Published June 16, 2020

Top-performing McKinley Park neighborhood preschool Velma Thomas Early Childhood Center has announced opening of its enrollment for 3- and 4-year-olds for half- and full-day instruction starting this fall.

  • Velma Thomas Early Childhood Center in the McKinley Park neighborhood announces open enrollment for fall 2020.
  • Three- and 4-year-olds are eligible to apply for half- and full-day programs at the dual-language, Spanish/English school.
  • Center has been lauded with top honors from the Illinois State Board of Education and others.

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Temperature Swing, Restocking Cause Lagoon Fish Kill

Published June 14, 2020

The big fish kill event at the lagoon in Chicago's McKinley Park was the result of a large temperature swings and restocking of the lagoon, according to the Chicago Park Department.

  • Fish kill event sends thousands of dead fish to float on McKinley Park lagoon's surface.
  • Chicago Park Department says the fish kill is due to the week's big temperature swings and restocking the lagoon.
  • This happens every year, says local fish scientist.

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McKinley Park Library Reopens With Limited Hours and COVID-19 Safety Measures

Published June 12, 2020

Although pubic programs and meetings are canceled, the public library in the McKinley Park neighborhood of Chicago has now reopened with limited hours and safety measures to keep patrons safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • McKinley Park branch of the Chicago Public Library reopens with COVID-19 safety measures in place.
  • Library hours are now 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Summer Learning Challenge is still on, and new digital programs are forthcoming.

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McKinley Park Steps Toward Reopening With Day Camp Registration

Published June 11, 2020

Summer camp sign-up is set to start at McKinley Park and other parks in the Chicago Park District, offering a smaller set of participants a safe way to get out and play over the summertime, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Chicago Park District announces plans and schedules for daytime summer camp at McKinley Park and other Chicago parks.
  • Online signup begins at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 12; in-person registration begins on Saturday, June 13.
  • Safety remains a priority as social distancing, reduced numbers and masks mandated due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more: McKinley Park Steps Toward Reopening With Day Camp Registration

COVID-19 No Match for Aquinas as Literacy Training Moves Online

Published June 9, 2020

Aquinas Literacy Center in Chicago's McKinley Park neighborhood has continued its mission of literacy education through the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to moving its tutoring, volunteers and events online.

  • Aquinas Literacy Center shutters McKinley Park neighborhood-based headquarters due to COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Training, volunteer support and community events have moved online to continue mission of teaching English to adult learners.
  • Center anticipates reopening in September.

Read more: COVID-19 No Match for Aquinas as Literacy Training Moves Online

 
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