AfterCare Plus FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are you doing to combat COVID-19?

A. Our implementation of COVID-19 best practices will depend on guidance provided by the CDC, the State of Illinois, the City of Chicago, and as applicable, the Chicago Public Schools. This guidance may change during the course of the school year, and may become more or less restrictive. Also, guidance may be different for indoor activities as compared to outdoor activities.

(UPDATED 6/11/22) COVID guidance when indoors currently includes optionally wearing a cloth mask, maintaining reasonable social distancing and relatively small group sizes, and keeping work areas clean. During snack time, seating is arranged so students have access to suitable social distancing space, and they are encouraged to maintain that space. If any child feels they need more space, they should let a staff member know.

While we all know absolute protection is virtually impossible, we do our best to help keep everyone safe and healthy. Please let us know how we're doing and if there's more we can do to help!

Q. Is aftercare available every school day? What about before-school care?

A. Both AfterCare Plus and Early Care are available at Bell for 2022-23, and registration is now open. Both programs start on the first day of school, Monday, August 22nd, with AfterCare Plus available from 3:15pm to 6:00pm, and Early Care available from 7:00am to 8:15am. Discounted annual registrations are available until August 22nd, and monthly and quarterly registration options are also available. Click here to create a parent account, or log in here to register.

Q. Where can I find program flyers for AfterCare Plus and Early Care?

A.
2022-23 AfterCare Plus: click here
2022-23 Early Care: click here

Q. Are drop-in days available?

A. Yes, drop-in days are available for all Bell students, even those not registered for AfterCare Plus or Early Care. AfterCare Plus drop-in days are reasonably priced at $25, and drop-in day packs (includes 12 drop-ins) are available for $249. Early Care drop-in days are priced at $14. Register for drop-in days using your parent account. Click here if you need to create a parent account.

Q. Do you offer a sibling discount?

A. Yes, we do, and it applies to all siblings! Make sure to add all of your Bell children to your ACP account before starting to register, and our system will now automatically credit all of your registrations (both AfterCare Plus and Early Care) with an ongoing 10% sibling discount. We reserve the right to restrict eligibility for the 10% sibling discount, remove it where not appropriate, or to cancel it for future registrations at our discretion.

If you have any questions about the sibling discount, or would also like to apply for a partial scholarship, please let us know by calling us at 773-761-KIDS or by using our secure online contact form. We want to be a partner in your child's education, and we will try to help however we can.

Q. Does AfterCare Plus pricing include both aftercare and enrichment?

A. Yes it does! AfterCare Plus pricing includes quality aftercare, homework support, and a variety of free, engaging enrichment activities for every child, every school day:

  • Grade-level activities aligned with school goals
  • Kid-friendly creative design (arts and crafts) projects
  • LEGO designing, building, and engineering
  • Coding, robotics, and electronics projects
  • Animation and video game creation activities
  • Engaging chess instruction and challenges
  • Technology activities and access
  • Social interaction and activities
  • Outdoor fitness and fun time
  • And much, much more!

Q. Is your program open to middle school students?

A. Yes, AfterCare Plus is a great destination for middle school students! Middle school students enrolled in our program are provided with enhanced homework support and engaging activities appropriate for their grade level and interests.

Q. Where can I find pricing for AfterCare Plus and Early Care?

A. AfterCare Plus pricing for 2022-23:

Early Care pricing for 2022-23:

Q. Can I swap weekly attendance days, or the number of days each week?

A. Yes, you may swap around your child’s scheduled attendance days at amy time. From your AfterCare Plus account, click on your child’s registration and select Change Attendance Days. Changes will take effect immediately.

You can increase the number of attendance days at any time, and you may decrease the number of days at the end of a month or quarter. Changes at the end of your current term (month or quarter) may be done online; simply click on your child’s registration in your AfterCare Plus account, then select the option to increase or decrease registration days. A new payment plan will be created and prorated based on your choices, and payment dates will generally not change.

If you need to increase or decrease registration days during the current term (month, quarter, or annual), contact us and we will manually process your request. It's important to note that while you may cancel AfterCare Plus at any time and not be billed further, a reduction in days effective during the current term is not eligible for a credit or refund. Additionally, for annual registrations, decreasing the number of days will convert your entire registration to quarterly at then current pricing (you will lose any promotional discounts, in addition to the deeply discounted annual pricing, but sibling discounts will still apply). This is because we must allocate resources (staff, hands-on project materials, etc.) based on projected enrollment, and these costs can get expensive.

If you are experiencing a hardship or have special circumstances, just let us know and we will do what we can to help.

Q. Where are you located at Bell?

A. Our staff office is located at Bell's main entrance. We monitor the main entrance doors using Bell's security desk from 3:30pm to 6:00pm daily, and all children should be picked up at the school's main entrance (Door 1 on Oakley).

Use your child's Day Planner (available in your parent account) to let us know about OST classes, appointments, personal tasks, non-attendance days, etc. Our automated system efficiently alerts our staff about Day Planner scheduling items, helping us to accommodate your special circumstances and requests!

Q. Is AfterCare Plus hiring?

A. Yes, we are! Please click here for more information.

Q. When will after-school elective registration open?

A. Registration for 2022-23 Bell after-school electives is now open! The next session starts the week of October 31st.

As always, promotional discounts of 10% to 50% apply to 21st Century Kids elective programs for registered AfterCare Plus students.

Current electives (10/31 - 12/21) (3:35 - 4:35pm): Register now!

>> Click on an elective to view details <<


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