AfterCare Plus FAQ

Updated for the 2021-22 school year

Frequently Asked Questions

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

A. We know that COVID-19 is a concern, and there are many precautions and best practices being implemented in our efforts to help limit exposure to the virus. For information about our COVID-19 policies and procedures, please click here

While we all know absolute protection is virtually impossible, we plan to 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 at Bell for my child's in-person school days?

A. Yes! 2021-22 registration for AfterCare Plus at Bell School is now open. Aftercare starts with the first day of school, Monday, August 30th, and is available from 3:15pm to 6:00pm every school day. Discounted annual registrations are available until August 30th, and monthly and quarterly registration options are also available.

Q. Where can I find the program flyer?

A. The 2021-22 pdf version of the Bell AfterCare Plus flyer is available here

Q. Are drop-in days available?

A. Yes, drop-in days are now 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. 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 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?

A. Bell school pricing for 2021-22:

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 immediately.

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?

A. 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?

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

Q. When will after-school elective registration open?

A. Registration for the first round of 2021-22 electives is now open. Registration is managed through the AfterCare Plus website. Parents interested in electives should set up an account. Click here 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.

Current electives (10/27 - 12/17) (3:35 - 4:35pm): Register now!


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