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. When will Q1 after-school elective registration open? I've heard something about free aftercare electives?

A. COVID-19 is still imposing negative and unpredictable effects on our lives.

There is a COVID transmission risk associated with providing after-school electives to Bell students not in our aftercare program. Following current CPS directives, we must maintain consistent student groups, and mixing additional students into a variety of elective offerings will defeat systems we have in place, putting students, the school, and our program at risk. As such, a joint decision was made to postpone after-school electives until at least the start of Q2.

At the same time, we recognize our elective vendors are struggling economically by not being able to offer their programming to Bell families, so 21st Century Kids LLC has decided to help. Where feasible, we decided to pay vendors out of our own pocket to get them active at Bell again, while bringing several scaled-down, free after-school electives to students in our aftercare program. These free electives will consist of 30-45 minute sessions, based on grade-level groups, to be scheduled on various days and times in carefully considered school locations. We plan to email parents a schedule of our free aftercare elective offerings in the next few days. Please note that drop-in students aren't eligible for free electives; we have considered various options and they will only be available to our regular aftercare students with monthly, quarterly, or annual AfterCare Plus registrations.

We have received approval from the school to schedule a limited number of elective offerings during Q1, and we are working with our vendors to ensure that the offerings are top quality and engaging for participating Bell students. We expect to open registration for Q1 electives by Tuesday, August 31st. Programs are being scheduled to start the week of September 13th and end during the week of November 1st. Parents interested in staying informed about elective registration should set up an AfterCare Plus account so we have your email address on file. Click here to create an AfterCare Plus account.

Q. Is AfterCare Plus hiring?

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


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