CATCH Global Foundation
CATCH Global Foundation
Since 2019, CATCH Global Foundation has engaged with 15 CATCH Promise schools in Chicago Public Schools to deliver our signature Whole Child Health programming, covering physical activity, nutrition, and Whole Child leadership. Through these programs, CATCH provides the resources underserved districts and school campuses need to deliver robust, impactful, evidence-based coordinated school health programming. As a result of participating, school wellness leaders and teams gain knowledge, skills, confidence, and ability to coordinate and lead campus-wide cultures of Whole Child health.
In CPS specifically, the CATCH program is directly aligned to the Healthy CPS initiative, which seeks to eliminate health-related barriers to learning by streamlining over 50 health and wellness policies into four badges: Health Leadership, Health Instruction, Healthy Environments, and Health Services.
CATCH’s CATCH Promise partners commit to making a yearlong investment in CATCH’s Whole Child Guided Journey. Through this program, they receive four core leadership trainings sessions throughout the school year, which are interspersed with program implementation periods through which they receive personalized guidance from CATCH program experts and other peers in their cohorts.
Despite school shutdowns brought on by COVID and a teacher strike in the fall of 2019, CATCH CPS school wellness teams successfully completed the CATCH program with creativity and enthusiasm.Sor Juana Elementary’s digital yearbook showcases the impact the program had on just one of these schools. CPS CATCH Promise schools rose to the challenge as exemplified by digital yearbooks from West Park Elementary and Clinton Elementary.
“The whole child wellness model of CATCH helps us support our students by addressing their needs on a community engagement level and by making physical and nutritional health information accessible.”- School Social Worker, West Park Elementary
“Calling it a GO food makes it so much easier to remember that it is a healthy [food].”- Student, Clinton Elementary School
“I love how the CATCH program helped us – teachers and staff – make living a healthy lifestyle part of our school’s culture! We became and are a school that moves and eats healthy!”- Cynthia Juarez, Literacy Teacher, Sor Juana Elementary
“CATCH inspired some great discussions in our class about healthy living. The best discussions we had were about food choices. The Go, Slow, Whoa framework helped our discussion and student understanding. Students also had fun calculating their heart rates.”- Math Teacher, West Park Elementary
CATCH Global Foundation has funded all of the Whole Child work we have done in CPS to date. Currently, we have a waitlist of 24+ underserved CPS campuses who have indicated a need and desire for CATCH Whole Child programming. To scale this work and reach all schools in need, CATCH is seeking funding partners who can match our investment. To learn more about how you can partner with and support this work, please contact Sarah Andrews at [email protected]Visit Website