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Handle With Care: Part 1 and Part 2


The two-part drama, Handle With Care, uses stories from CCC’s interviews to depict realistic child care experiences of parents, caregivers, and children.


Part 1 shows parent concerns about enrolling their children in child care, the joys of the children learning, and parent-child conversations about the child’s day. Part 2 reflects economic inequalities in our society as parents deal with the cost of child care and caregivers face low pay. The play closes with the many advantages the child gains from quality child care and the peace of mind parents derive from it.


This creative drama about child care was conceived by Tracy Walsh, an ensemble member of Lookingglass Theatre, with the support of the theater’s Civic Practice Lab.


These plays, performed before various groups of stakeholders, are used to augment conversations about increasing the availability and quality of child care in Chicago.

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