Ready for School

Support Cradles to Crayons’ Ready for School program
and help local Chicago children succeed in school this year!

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As one school year comes to a close, Cradles to Crayons is already focused on getting children ready for the next. The Ready for School program distributes backpacks filled with new, age-appropriate school supplies and KidPacks filled with shoes, clothing, and more, to ensure that children arrive at school on the first day prepared and excited to learn!


Starting school without the tools needed to succeed can put big obstacles in a developing child’s way. There are more than 600,000 children in need in Illinois right now and your help is essential to supplying children with the tools they need to translate their knowledge and creativity into confidence and good grades.

Items like backpacks, art supplies, writing tools, and back-to-school clothing are imperative to help get children mentally, emotionally, and physically prepared for school. Help Cradles to Crayons help local children get prepared and dressed for success

Donate Clothing and Dollars

CIMG_4698lothing and footwear are as essential as backpacks and supplies for going back to school. Every gift counts—prepare a child for school from head to toe!

Collect donations through your school, business, or community group and bring them to any of our drop-off locations!


Create “Well Wish Notes”

WWNoteWrite a few Well Wish Notes to the 20,000 students who will receive backpacks from Cradles to Crayons in August! This is a quick and easy activity—appropriate for all ages—that makes a big difference to all the children we serve. We need as many as you can make—instructions are provided here!


For more information on the Ready for School program, please email David Cotugno, Senior Manager of Development, at