Our Impact

Impact Data

Profound changes have occurred in North Chicago schools since we began moving the needle on equity in 2008:

  • Consistent operating budget deficits in District 187 have reversed.
  • All operable school buildings have been renovated, transformed, and/or rebuilt. 
  • Average daily attendance rates at all schools have increased.
  • Family services and support, and parent engagement have increased.
  • North Chicago’s high school is now home to a free community health clinic. 
  • Free after school and Saturday programming is available for 600+ students.
  • Free all-day early childhood education is now available for 300+ students.
  • Over 50 partners support District 187 each year, and they are growing in strength.
  • After receiving Cares Act funding in 2020, District 187 invested in an expansion of NCCP.
  • Measurable improvements in key indicators of student academic achievement, from kindergarten readiness to high school graduation rates. 

Annual Reports

2019-2020 Annual Report
2020-2021 Annual Report
2021-2022 Annual Report
2022-2023 Annual Report

Articles and Stories

Learn about our impact on the frontlines during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic:

A Year on the Frontlines

In March of 2020, North Chicago Community Partners (NCCP) gathered in our conference room without masks for the last time, aware of the looming pandemic, unsure of what it would bring students, families, and our team of dedicated employees.

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10 Things We Learned Serving Students during the Pandemic

This September, instead of hosting lunchtime and after school programming, field trips and family events, staff appreciation lunches and volunteer service projects, our team began supporting 68 vulnerable students learning on laptops.

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10 Lessons Learned from our School-Based Remote Education Program

North Chicago Community Partners (NCCP) launched our Extended Care and Learning Program (ECLP), a community of 68 students referred by social workers to complete their remote learning in a structured and safe place with meaningful academic and pro-social support.

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News & Media

North Chicago Nonprofit Gives Students In-Person Support During Remote Learning

About 40 miles north of Chicago, a nonprofit is bringing several dozen elementary school students into schools as part of a hybrid education plan that launched in September.

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Ensuring Student Equity

“We have developed a unique model for providing whole child support. Components of our model are definitely transferrable to almost any public school district,” says Grumhaus about the nonprofit.

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Community Impact

Word association: Lake County. Most likely, these words conjure up images of affluent neighborhoods such as Highland Park, Lake Forest, and Lake Bluff.

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In partnering with NCCP for the past 10 years, my appreciation and support for what they do goes far beyond words. Booker T. Washington once said, “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” This must be in the NCCP mantra as this is what they are all about and what they intend to do on a daily basis. What they are looking for is to invest in our kids and staff and make each day an amazing opportunity for both. Love them!

Mike Grenda
Principal, Neal Math and Science Academy

North Chicago Community Partners is the lead organization ensuring our students are whole and healthy. Even during this COVID-19 crisis, they continued their important part and went above and beyond providing at-home educational activities for our students and lightened many burdens on our families. We are grateful for their commitment to D187 and the City of North Chicago.

Leon Rockingham
Honorable Mayor, City of North Chicago