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Discover Out of School Support

Discover options with the DeKalb Park District for year-round support when your child is not in school! In-person learning? Remote learning? Hybrid? Scheduled day off school? Summer break? Whatever your needs are, the DeKalb Park District has your back and is your one stop shop for out-of-school day and time needs.

Snacks and Lunches

The DeKalb Park District has partnered with the Northern Illinois Food Bank to provide snacks and lunches to all children in our care. Whether you are in the Before & After School Program or the Out of School Care Program, your child is eligible for a snack and lunch. If you prefer, your child may bring their own lunch and snack.

Cost Estimate

We understand child care costs can be a concern as you manage your household budget. Our goal is to keep 5-day-a-week programs, on average, around $33 per day and half days around $24 per day. If you have specific pricing questions, please contact Recreation Office Coordinator, Wendy Hayes at (779) 777-7262 or

Out of School Care Program for 2021-2022 School Year!

Need care on the days your child is not in school? Or are you opting out of in-person learning? We have you covered! Sign up for the 3-Day Out of School Care Program option and drop them off at the Sports and Recreation Center and we will handle the rest. Need care for 2 days or 1 day instead of 3? We can do that too! If you choose to opt-out of in-person learning, but still need care, sign up for our 5-day Out of School Care Program option.

Monday-Friday, 7 am - 6 pm at the Sports & Recreation Center, located at 1765 South 4th Street, your child (K-5th Grade) will experience a safe and fun place for individualized learning! We will provide time and space for learning, arts/crafts, and exercise. Please keep in mind, this is not camp, but it's also not school! Staff are not teachers, however, they are there to help whenever possible. This is a DCFS non-licensed facility and 4C program.

We will work with you to make sure your kids are prepared and provide transportation, to and from school. We will connect with your child's teacher to make sure they login on a daily basis and help them with their remote learning.

Registration Information

To register for the program, click on the appropriate link below. Payment plans are available. $50 will be due at the time of registration and the remaining balance will be equalized over the month and withdrawn every Wednesday of the month.

5 Days Per Week

March 2021 ($594/month)
April 2021 ($693/month)
May 2021 ($627/month)

3 Days Per Week

March 2021 ($444/month)
April 2021 ($444/month)
May 2021 ($444/month)

2 Days Per Week

Please note the registration will say it is 5 days per week but there will be a spot during the registration where you will choose the two days per week you would like to register for. You will attend those two days, not all 5 days.
March 2021 ($312/month)
April 2021 ($312/month)
May 2021 ($312/month)

For information on 1 or 4 days per week, please contact Greg Bruggeman at

Schedule (subject to change based on input; remote learning time will not change):

  • 7:00 - 9:00 AM: Check-in and free play
  • 9:00 - 12:00 PM: Remote learning
  • 12:00 - 12:30 PM: Lunch
  • 12:30 - 1:00 PM: Activity time
  • 1:00 - 3:00 PM: Active time
  • 3:00 - 3:15 PM: Snack time
  • 3:15 - 4:00 PM: eLearning
  • 4:00 PM - Pickup: Screen-free Free play

Emergency Information

After registering, you will receive an email to complete medical & emergency contact information.

Parent Meeting

There will be a parent meeting on Friday, August 21 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. A link to the video conference will be sent out the day before the meeting. Participants will be muted and video will be turned off. Staff will review the parent handbook and give a general overview. In addition, parents will be encouraged to ask questions in the chat box. If you miss the meeting, a recording will be made and saved for future viewing.

Discover Days Off School Program

On a quest to keep your children occupied on scheduled days off school? Look no further! This exciting program includes indoor events, special guests, gym time, craft activities, and an afternoon snack. Whether you are in our Out of School Care Program or After School Program or neither, you can sign up for the Days Off School program. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing, closed toe shoes, and bring a sack lunch if you would like.


For 5 days a week, the fee is $33 per day or $165 per week. 4 days is $35 per day, 3 days is $37 per day, 2 days is $39 per day, and 1 day is $40.

We will be offering the program on the following dates:

February 10, 2021 (Teacher's Institute Day)

February 15, 2021 (President's Day)

March 22 - 26, 2021 (Spring Break)

April 2, 2021 (Spring Holiday)

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Discover the Before & After School Program

Whether you are in Group A or Group B or opting out of in-person learning, we have the child care program for you. We know this can be confusing, so we are here to help!

If you are in Group A, sign up for Group A assigned to your school location and we will handle the rest; if you are in Group B, do the same thing for Group B to your child's school location. All you need to do is drop your child off at the Sports and Recreation Center and we will transport them to and from their school. It's that easy!

If you child takes the bus to school, no worries! We can pick them up after school and transport them the Sports and Recreation Center. Want care in the same school location, after school? We want to do that too, but it will depend on the demand. As soon as we have 3 kids enrolled in the program at the same school in the same Group, we will offer after school care at the school location. Until we meet that demand, after school care will remain at the Sports and Recreation Center, located at 1765 South 4th Street.

For either two-day option (Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday) the fee is $48 IDR/ $58 R.

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Camp Discover

No Out of School Care Program would be complete without summer camp! You can learn more about Camp Discover here.

2020-2021 COVID-19 Program Guidelines

If your child gets sent home from school, s/he is not permitted to attend Out-of-School Care programs.

  • Reduced program sizes while continuing to offer a 1:10 instructor to participant ratio.
  • Participants enrolling in this program must adhere to social distancing guidelines as outlined by the State of Illinois and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Face coverings are required unless eating or outside with proper distancing.
  • Minimize shared supplies, toys, and equipment.
  • Frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing.
  • Pre-packaged snacks and inviting snacks from home.
  • The program follows CUSD428 guidelines.
  • Park District staff will be self-administering Wellness Checks before every shift.
  • Regular and frequent cleaning and disinfecting of supplies, equipment, and physical spaces. Cleaning materials are certified by the World Health Organization to kill Covid-19.
  • Zero-tolerance behavior policy. Refer to Program Handbook.
  • One authorized pick-up person must be available ASAP if your child becomes ill during program time. Staff strongly encourage each participant to have one Authorized Pick-Up within 20 minutes of program site.