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 operates every day school is in session, from 7:00 a.m. until class starts. On days when inclement weather requires school to begin one hour later than usual, child care will also open one hour later.
Fees (Per Semester)
2016 Before School Childcare Brochure
Enrollment and Payments in Web Store
Registration for the Before School Child Care program can now be made online through District 39's web store. After completing the registration you may pay online using a credit card or pay later by check or cash.
For help using the online registration, please see the Wilmette Parent Flyer, Password Reminder, or How To Make A Payment Through The Parent Portal documents. Still need help? Please contact Mary Ann Esler, email@example.com or 847-512-6036.
Enrollment Form to Download and Print
The program operates every day school is in session, from 7:00 a.m. until class starts. On days when inclement weather requires school to begin one hour later than usual, child care will also open one hour later. Child care will not meet if schools are closed due to severe weather emergencies.
The Before School Child Care Program provides children with convenient early morning care in their own schools. The program offers children an opportunity for imaginative and unstructured play. Child initiated activities such as puzzles, games, reading, doll play, and block building are positive, creative outlets for children. Materials for simple art and craft projects are provided. Children may also use this time to complete homework.
Qualified adults supervise the children with an approximate ratio of 10 to 1 students to staff.
Dates of Service
The before-school program is open every school day of the year, including the first day of school. It does not operate during in-service, institute and conference days, and school or summer vacations. The Wilmette Park District provides child care at the Recreation Center on days when schools are not in session.
Child care will be open from 7:00 a.m. until children are dismissed to their classrooms. Under no circumstances may a child arrive prior to 7:00 a.m. Children will not be dismissed early from child care to meet friends on the playground.
Note: On days when inclement weather requires school to begin one hour later than ususal, child care will also open one hour later. Child care will not meet if schools are closed due to severe weather emergencies.
Gym and Outdoor Play
Each child care site has access to the school's gym or playground for 30 minutes a day. Children enjoy the freedom of outdoor play on warm, sunny days while the gym provides a comfortable place for large motor activity during less pleasant weather. We encourage children to take part in physical play during this period and while most children seem to crave it, participation is entirely voluntary.
The program fee covers the cost of a daily snack provided by District 39 cafeteria staff. The snack consists of three items, fruit, cereal or crackers or a similar item, and low fat milk. While we strive to provide wholesome snacks, please know that this is not intended as a substitute for a nutritious breakfast.
Access procedures for child care vary from school to school. You will be given complete details upon registration. Please call Mary Ann Esler at 847-512-6036 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Because of the early hour, parents must bring children directly to the cafeteria and sign them in. There are no exceptions to this rule and it will be strictly enforced.
At the time of registration, parents complete an emergency form. If minor injury occurs, such as a cut or bruise, first aid is given. If a true emergency occurs, the following steps are taken:
- Call the paramedics.
- Try to reach the parents or the emergency contact person.
- Paramedics and a staff member take the child to the hospital
- Nothing except lifesaving measures are taken until a parent is reached. The child must be released to a parent from the hospital.
Wilmette Public School District 39 does not assume responsibility for injuries, accidents or loss of personal property that may occur at the Before School Child Care Program.
The before school program reserves the right to dismiss a child from the program if the child's behavior makes it difficult for peers, child care staff, or the program itself to function optimally. Failure to meet the second semester financial obligations of the program will require withdrawal of the child.
After-School Child Care
A kindergarten enrichment program, after-school recreational and child care activities are provided by the Wilmette Park District at the Recreation Center. A separate registration procedure is necessary to enroll children in the Park District program. For more information concerning the after-school program, please call 256-6100.