Education Policies & FAQs

COVID-19 In Person Programming Precautions

CCT will only hold in-person class if the 5-day average of new cases in Chicago in the days leading up to class are below 1,500 new cases daily. If averages are above this threshold, class will be held online via Zoom that week.

  • Any person entering the building must wear a mask
  • Any person entering the building must agree to a temperature check upon arrival
  • Any person entering the building must adhere to social distancing guidelines, except within family pods
  • Handwashing is mandatory for all students before and after class
  • Hand sanitizer is stationed around all building entrances and exits
  • If you are feeling ill, or experiencing flu-like symptoms, such as cough, fever, shortness of breath, or sore throat, please do not come to class. CCT will work with you to makeup your class
  • While we do not recommend staying at CCT while your child is in class, we understand this might be a necessity. CCT has pods set up around the lobby to assist with social distancing.
  • All classes are held in our Studio Theater (2200 sqft) and Movement Room (1000 sqft) – the largest rooms in our building
  • Windows in classrooms and lobby are opened whenever possible
  • CCT has stationed air filters in each classroom
  • CCT has limited class size to 8 students for K-2 Classes and 10 students for Grades 3-5 Classes
  • All CCT employees and students regularly attending onsite class are encouraged to take a COVID-19 test. If you test positive, please stay home and inform CCT staff

General

Does my child need any previous experience?
Not at all! We welcome beginners and experienced performers.

The session has already started. Do you offer pro-rated options for late registration?
Absolutely! Please feel free to call our Guest Services Team at (312) 374-8835 to register. Pro-rated tuition is only available when registering over the phone.

Classes

What should students wear to class?
We recommend wearing clothing you are comfortable moving in, which is not too loose-fitting. Close-toed gym shoes should be worn to all classes unless noted otherwise.

Do you offer make-up classes?
We only offer make-up classes for some of our Younger Stages classes. You must email Dexter Ellis, at dexter@chicagochildrenstheatre.org before or on the day of the missed class to ensure the availability of a make-up class. If you know that you will miss classes before the session starts, please email Dexter Ellis, at dexter@chicagochildrenstheatre.org to prorate your session.

Do I need to stay and wait while my child is in class?
No. However, we do require all students be signed-in and signed-out at the front desk for every class period. Parent/caregiver participation is required for some Younger Stages classes. For those who would like to wait in the building during classes, there is seating in our lobby and free WIFI is available for our guests.

Am I allowed to sit in on my child’s class?
No. Parents are not allowed to sit in on classes, unless the class is a parent/caregiver participation class.

When can I watch a class?
Parents, friends, and guests are invited to attend class on observation days only, which take place on the final class period of each session. An email reminder will be sent to families from our Education Department with details regarding observation days.

Camps

What should students wear to camp?
Campers should be dressed in clothing that allows for free range of movement and will be comfortable throughout the camp day. We also recommend wearing close-toed shoes. Many of our camp activities include crafting props, set pieces, instruments, and costumes. We recommend campers bring a smock or oversized t-shirt from home, or to wear clothes that can get craft supplies, such as paint and glue, on them. We do our best to use craft supplies that are completely washable. Most days, we will travel outside to a nearby park for recess, so we advise bringing layers on colder days.

Do I need to pack lunch for camp?
Yes. You will need to pack a lunch and 2 snacks for each day of camp. While most students do not refrigerate their lunches, we do have a refrigerator available if necessary.

When will I receive more information about camp?
The week before camp starts, our Education Department sends out a full information packet with the schedule for each day, a list of teaching artists for that week, and the themes that will be explored. If you need any more information before then, contact our Director of Education & Community Programs, Dexter Ellis, at dexter@chicagochildresntheare.org to learn more.

Payments, Discounts, & Refunds

Do you offer payment plans?
We offer payment plans on an as-needed basis for low income families. Contact our Guest Services Team at (312) 374-8835 to inquire about payment plans. 

Do you offer discounts for students attending more than one class?
Yes. Contact our Director of Education & Community Programs, Dexter Ellis, at dexter@chicagochildresntheare.org to learn more.

Do you offer discounts for siblings?
Yes. Contact our Director of Education & Community Programs, Dexter Ellis, at dexter@chicagochildresntheare.org to learn more.

What is your refund policy for classes?
A full refund, minus a $35 administrative fee, will be issued for canceling before the start of the first-class session. If a cancellation request is made before the beginning of the third-class session, a refund, minus the $35 administrative fee and the prorated cost of the first classes, will be issued. No refunds will be granted after the third-class session.

What is your refund policy for camps?
A full refund, minus a $100 administrative fee, will be issued if cancellation occurs up to seven-weeks before the start of camp. If cancellation occurs after the seven-week deadline, a $25 fee will be added to the $100 administrative fee for a total of $125. No refunds are granted if cancelation occurs within two weeks of the start of any camp session.

If you have questions about CCT’s education programming please contact our Director of Education & Community Programs, Dexter Ellis, at dexter@chicagochildrenstheatre.org, or by calling (312) 374-8828.

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