Updated for the 2019-20 school year
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How did you handle aftercare days lost because of the CPS strike?
A. We knew that our customers were inconvenienced by the CPS teachers strike.
To make up for aftercare days lost due to the strike, we evaluated all options and have issued prorated account credit for every child based on the number of AfterCare Plus days lost.
Our pricing for aftercare is based on the entire school year. The 2019-20 school year started with 178 days scheduled, and based on a daily rate of about $15.70, our monthly pricing is $279. Quarterly and annual customers pay less, as they receive discounts for their longer commitment. If we priced aftercare based on days in a particular month or quarter, there would be different prices all the time, which would be frustrating to many parents and difficult for us to manage.
All parent accounts where children were registered for aftercare but couldn't attend due to the CPS strike (10/17 - 10/31) have been credited as follows:
Customers on a monthly payment schedule in October, or those who were registered only for the month of October, have received a credit to their AfterCare Plus account, calculated as follows: The amount paid for October, divided by the number of registered weekdays in the month, times the number of days lost due to the strike.
Monthly example: For a child who was registered for 2 days a week (Mon and Tue) in October, and the parent paid $129 for the month, there were 8 registered weekdays, and 4 of those days were lost due to the strike. The calculation would be $129 divided by 8, times 4, for a total credit of $64.50
Customers on a quarterly payment schedule, or those who were registered only for the first quarter, have received a credit to their AfterCare Plus account, calculated as follows: The amount paid for the first quarter, divided by the number of registered weekdays in the quarter, times the number of days lost.
Quarterly example: For a child who was registered for 3 days a week (Mon, Tue, and Wed) in the first quarter, and the parent paid $403 for the quarter, there were 28 registered weekdays, and 6 of those days were lost due to the strike. The calculation would be $403 divided by 28, times 6, for a total credit of $86.36
Customers who paid annually for the 2019-20 school year have received a credit to their AfterCare Plus account, calculated as follows: The amount paid for the annual registration, divided by the number of registered weekdays in the school year, times the number of days lost.
Annual example: For a child who was registered for 5 days a week for the entire school year, and the parent paid $2,371 for the year, there were 178 registered weekdays, and 11 of those days were lost due to the strike. The calculation would be $2,371 divided by 178, times 11, for a total credit of $146.52
Credits issued will not expire, and can be used for payment of aftercare, drop-in days, drop-in day packs, or elective programs, at the account holder's discretion.
If you have questions about the credit issued to your AfterCare Plus account, please review your account details, and then contact us using our
secure online contact form or call us at 773-761-KIDS. We are proud to be a partner in your child's education.
Q. How did you handle elective days lost because of the CPS strike?
A. We worked with our elective vendors to determine the best course of
action specific to the structure of each elective program, and every vendor handled this differently. We emailed parents of children registered in first quarter electives
with details specific to their child's program, and are confident that our vendors did their best to handle this in a manner that was fair to everyone.
Q. Where can I find the program flyer?
A. A pdf version of the Bell school flyer can be found
If you can't view pdf files, please click
Q. Are drop-in days available?
A. Yes, drop-in days are available for all Bell students, even those not
registered for aftercare. Drop-in days are reasonably priced at $25, and drop-in day packs (includes 12 drop-ins) are available for $249.
To start using drop-in days, please create an AfterCare Plus account or call us at 773-761-KIDS for assistance.
Q. Do you offer a sibling discount?
Yes, we do, and it's even better for 2019-20! 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 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?
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?
A. Bell school pricing for 2019-20:
Q. Can I change the attendance days, or the number of days each week?
A. Yes, you may change your child’s scheduled attendance days whenever you’d
like. From your AfterCare Plus account, click on your child’s registration and select change attendance days. Changes take effect
You can increase or decrease the number of attendance days at any time. Click on your child’s registration in your AfterCare Plus account,
and our online system will offer you the option to increase or decrease registration days at the end of your current term (month or
quarter). 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),
simply contact us and we will
process the request for you. It's important to note that parents can cancel AfterCare Plus at any time and not be billed further,
but a reduction in days effective during the current term is not eligible for a credit or refund.
This is because we must allocate resources (staff, hands-on project materials, etc.) based on projected enrollment,
and these costs can get expensive. However, 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 will you be located at Bell?
Our staff office is located next to the security desk at Bell's main entrance. We monitor the main entrance doors
from 3:30pm to 6:00pm daily, as all children should be picked up at the school's main entrance (Door 1 on Oakley Avenue).
Our onsite administrators are accessible to parents every afternoon by text message; we always try to accomodate
special circumstances and requests!
Q. Is AfterCare Plus hiring?
Yes, we are! Please click here for more information.
Q. When will 3rd quarter after-school elective registration open?
Registration for 3rd quarter electives is now open. All registration will be done through the AfterCare Plus website.
Parents interested in 3rd quarter electives should set up an AfterCare Plus account.
to create an AfterCare Plus account.
As always, discounts of 10% to 50% on 21st Century Kids elective programs apply to all students registered for AfterCare Plus.
3rd quarter electives (2/3 - 4/16) (3:30 - 4:30pm): Register now!
(For more information about an elective, click on it on the schedule below)