The Kindergarten Enrichment and Enhancement Program of District 39 (KEEP39) is an optional, fee-based, half-day kindergarten program that offers enrichment experiences to complement the district's traditional, half-day academic kindergarten, providing students with high-quality programming that extends through the end of the elementary school day. The fee is $3,230 per student, which covers a portion of the program's operating costs. A waiver is available for eligible families. Registration opens on Wednesday, January 24, 2024 and families are invited to enroll for KEEP39 during the enrollment process. Register by March 1 to guarantee your spot. 

For more information on the KEEP39 program and use of fees, please review the February 2023 Board of Education Committee meeting on this topic.

•    KEEP39 Information Sheet (updated for 2024-25 academic year)
•    KEEP39 Benefits Presentation | KEEP39 Benefits Sheet

Benefits of KEEP39

KEEP39 is held in your child’s home school with your child’s peers under the supervision of certified District 39 kindergarten teachers and specialists. All enrichment experiences are designed and led by D39 staff. As a result, KEEP39 provides your child with increased opportunities for socialization, play and social-emotional exploration in a familiar, low-stress setting.

In addition, KEEP39 offers the following benefits:

  • Expanded exploration in reading, writing, math, science and social studies
  • Nature-based experiences with access to the outdoor classroom
  • Increased comfort and familiarity with the kindergarten setting
  • Continuity of environment for your child
  • Increased transition convenience for families
  • Full-day programming in your neighborhood school, with start and end times that align with the school day for students in grades 1-4.

KEEP39 Information and Schedule

A kindergarten day for a KEEP39 student begins at 8:35 am and ends at 3:15 pm. In alignment with all D39 schools and academic programs, KEEP39 students are dismissed at 2:15 pm every Friday. Students enrolled in KEEP39 participate in a half-day kindergarten with KEEP39 enrichment opportunities during the afternoon.

KEEP39 includes the following:

  • Lunch/recess
  • Theme-based exploration through enrichment centers and stations
  • Nature-based experiences with access to the outdoor classroom
  • STEAM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math)
  • Music, movement and cooperative games
  • Play-based enrichment opportunities

KEEP39 Eligibility

You may use this unofficial school locator to confirm which school your child will attend.