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JCPenney Partners with Communities In Schools® (CIS™) to Make Sure Kids Have the Support and Resources They Need

By Communities In Schools | July 15, 2021

Back-to-school season is more exciting than ever as parents prepare to send their kids back for in-person learning this fall. To ensure every kid can confidently express their style as they head into the classroom, JCPenney introduces the Thereabouts™ private brand, a new inclusive line of kids apparel that celebrates diversity of shapes, sizes, styles, and abilities. Designed with every kid in mind, the Thereabouts collection is available exclusively at JCPenney and beginning July 15.  
“We believe all kids should feel confident and capable in the clothes they wear, and parents should feel good about the clothes they buy,” says Michelle Wlazlo, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer. “Fulfilling the wants and needs of our diverse customer base is the foundation of our business. That’s why we relied on research and feedback from parents and kids throughout the design process. We are proud to say that the Thereabouts collection is our most inclusive kids brand ever.”
The Thereabouts assortment has all the back-to-school essentials, from basics to uniforms, sleep to outerwear, and a variety of shoe styles. Designed for all ages from toddler to big kid, the Thereabouts line is size-inclusive running from 2T–22, including plus and husky.  
Made with super soft fabrics, the Thereabouts collection is inspired by the latest trends in kids’ fashion, including sneaker dresses, head-to-toe color, and prairie cool looks. Thereabouts apparel is available with adaptive features, including easy-access openings, sensory-friendly seaming, and no tags, ensuring there’s something stylish for every kid, including those with disabilities. JCPenney has also partnered with Patti + Ricky, an adaptive fashion marketplace for adults and kids with disabilities, to expand its children’s adaptive offerings via notable accessory brands PunkinFutz™, BeedleBug™, Max & Me™, and Myself Belts™. Shop these brands and other adaptive accessories on
In addition to offering inclusive apparel for kids who make the future bright, JCPenney is partnering with Communities In Schools® (CIS™) to make sure they have the support and resources they need to succeed. From July 15 to August 12, JCPenney will donate $1 for every Thereabouts item sold in store or online, up to $100,000, to Communities In Schools to fund programming that empowers students to stay in school and achieve in life.

“This back-to-school season, Communities In Schools is working to ensure students have everything they need to reengage in the learning process no matter if they are learning at home or returning to the classroom this Fall,” said Rey Saldaña, CEO and President of Communities In Schools. “Our main focus is to connect them to the essential resources they need, like food, clothing, and school supplies to help them overcome the challenges of the past year and get back on track for success in school. We thank our partners at JCPenney for being #AllinforKids by introducing their new inclusive clothing line.”
About JCPenney 
JCPenney proudly serves customers at more than 650 stores across the United States and Puerto Rico and at the Company’s flagship store, JCPenney is one of the nation’s largest retailers of apparel, home, jewelry, and beauty merchandise with a growing portfolio of private and national brands. Guided by the Golden Rule, JCPenney employs more than 50,000 associates worldwide and has served customers for over 119 years, playing a vital role in the communities it serves. For additional information, please visit and follow JCPenney on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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