Before School Child Care

The Before School Child Care Early Birds Program provides children in Kindergarten through 6th grade with convenient early morning care in their own schools. The Program is available at Central, Harper, McKenzie, Romona, Highcrest Middle School and is available every day school is in session. We open at 6:45 a.m at the elementary schools and at 7:00 a.m. at Highcrest Middle School.

Regular Attendance or Drop-In

There are two ways to use the program, "regular" attendance for a set number of days per week and "drop-in" which allows parents to use the service as needed. Regular attendance requires payment by semester. Drop-in attendance is paid for by the day.

Regular Attendance
Per Semester
                    Drop in Per Day
1 Day $151 $8.40
2 Days $284
3 Days $383
4 Days $486
5 Days $605

The program offers children an opportunity for imaginative and unstructured play. Child initiated activities such as puzzles, games, reading, doll play, and block building are positive, creative outlets for children. Materials for simple art and craft projects are provided. Children may also use this time to complete homework

Each child care site has access to the school's gym or playground for 30 minutes a day. Children enjoy the freedom of outdoor play on warm, sunny days while the gym provides a comfortable place for large motor activity during less pleasant weather. We encourage children to take part in physical play during this period however, participation is entirely voluntary.

A snack of fresh fruit, milk, cereal or another item is served each day.


Before School Child Care Handbook
Before School Child Care Brochure

Enrollment and Payments in Web Store

Registration for the Before School Child Care program can now be made online through District 39's web store. After completing the registration you may pay online using a credit card or echeck . There is no credit card processing fee for child care payments. For help using the online registration, please see the Wilmette Parent Flyer, Password Reminder, or How To Make A Payment Through The Parent Portaldocuments. Still need help? Please contact Mary Ann Esler, or 847-512-6036.

After-School Child Care

A kindergarten enrichment program, after-school recreational and child care activities are provided by the Wilmette Park District at the Recreation Center. A separate registration procedure is necessary to enroll children in the Park District program. For more information concerning the after-school program, please call 847-256-6100.

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