Before School Child Care

school children running, wearing masks and back packs

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, and Highcrest Middle School.

The program opens for the 20-21 school year on Tuesday, September 8th at 6:45 a.m. at the elementary schools and at 7:00 a.m. at Highcrest Middle School.

COVID-19 Protocols

The program was modified to comply with District 39’s fall 2020 back to school guidelines. Mask wearing, social distancing and frequent hand sanitation practices will be part of every morning’s activity. Child care is located in the school gym or cafeteria. Enrollment is limited to 15 students at each site. The staff to student ratio is 1 to 5.

Parents need to self-certify that their children are free of COVID-19 symptoms each morning before arrival. Child care staff take each child’s temperature immediately upon arrival and offer hand sanitizer. Children and staff will maintain 6 feet of distance from each other whenever possible and everyone must wear a mask. Snacks or other food may not be consumed during child care. Children are provided with individual craft material supplies and handouts that are stored in each child’s personal Early Bird basket.

Before School Child Care Handbook


Enrollment is limited to allow for social distancing. At the elementary schools, priority will be given to students registering for 5 days a week. Registration is conducted online through the District 39 Web Store

The program is offered for a set number of days per week (regular attendance) or on a drop-in basis. Payment for regular attendance is by the quarter. Drop-in attendees are invoiced weekly.

This year payment is by the quarter. We ask parents to specify the days of the week their child will participate. 

Registration obligates parents to pay for a minimum of one quarter of service. Payment in full for the first quarter is due at the time of registration. Fees for the second quarter will be due no later than the first day of the current quarter. Failure to meet the financial obligations of the program will require withdrawal of the child.

Regular Attendance Fees Per Quarter

Central, Harper, McKenzie and Romona

Days/week 1st Qtr.
Ends 10/30/20
2nd Qtr.
11/2/20 - 1/22/21
3rd Qtr.
1/25/20 - 4/5/21
4th Qtr.
4/6/21 - 6/10/21
3 Day $114.90 $191.50 $191.50 $191.50
4 Day $136.94 $242.75 $242.75 $242.75
5 Day $168.06 $302.50 $302.50 $302.50
 Drop-in $8.40 per day and invoiced each week  

Highcrest In-Person
4th Quarter
4/6/21 - 6/10/21

 3 Day $191.50
4 Day $242.75
 5 Day $302.50
 Drop-in  $8.40 per day
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