Kindergarten Enrichment (KEEP39)


The Kindergarten Enrichment & Enhancement Program of District 39 (KEEP39) is an optional, fee-based, half-day kindergarten program. KEEP39 offers enrichment experiences to complement District 39’s half day kindergarten, thereby providing students with high-quality programming that extends through the end of the elementary school day.

During the 2020-2021 school year, District 39 was able to 
offer extended-day enrichment experiences to Central and Harper Elementary School kindergarten students.  

For 2021-2022 Information -- Please revisit this page for updated KEEP39 information.  Planning is under way!

We are anticipating that KEEP39 will be an option for our kindergarten students during the 2021-2022 school year. Decisions regarding KEEP39 will be finalized after the Board of Education meeting on February 22nd. At this time, we are not sure if there will be a lottery for KEEP39 spaces, or if all students will have a space. Please look forward to receiving more information by Friday, February 26th.

KEEP39 Overview/Informational Flyer
KEEP39 Benefits Presentation

Why Participate in KEEP39?

KEEP39 is held in your child’s home school with your child’s peers under the supervision of certified D39 kindergarten teachers and specialists. All enrichment experiences are designed and led by D39 staff. As a result, KEEP39 provides your child with increased opportunities for socialization, play and social-emotional exploration in a familiar, low-stress setting.

In addition, KEEP39 offers the following benefits:

  • Expanded exploration in reading, writing, math, science and social studies
  • Nature-based experiences with access to the outdoor classroom
  • Increased comfort and familiarity with the kindergarten setting
  • Continuity of environment for your child
  • Increased transition convenience for families

KEEP39 Information and Schedule

A kindergarten day for a KEEP39 student begins at 8:35 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m. (In alignment with all D39 schools and academic programs, KEEP39 students are dismissed early on Fridays at 2:15 p.m.) Students enrolled in KEEP39 participate in half-day kindergarten with KEEP39 enrichment opportunities provided during the other half of the day.

KEEP39 includes the following:

  • Lunch/recess
  • Theme-based exploration through enrichment centers and stations
  • Nature-based experiences with access to the outdoor classroom
  • STEAM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math)
  • Music, movement and cooperative games
  • Play-based enrichment opportunities


KEEP39 Eligibility

You may use this unofficial school locator to confirm which school your child will attend).

Space Reservation Deposit

A nonrefundable deposit of $587.27 is due by TBD in order to guarantee a spot in the KEEP39 program for the 2021-2022 school year. Deposits can be paid online or via check.

KEEP39 Fee / Payment Information

The total fee for the 2021-2022 school year is $6,460 per student.

After the initial deposit is made, the remaining balance due of $5,872.73 can be paid in full by August 10, 2021.

For your convenience, we are also offering an installment payment plan. After the initial deposit is made, ten (10) equal installments of $587.27 will be due on the 10th of each month, starting in August and going through May. In order to take advantage of the payment plan, a payment method must be kept on file with the district, and D39 will automatically charge that method each month. Payments must be received by the due dates in order for a child to continue participation in the program. Inability to collect fees will result in discontinued participation in the program.

Financial Assistance Available

Financially eligible families may apply for a fee waiver. Financial assistance information can be found on the Financial Assistance page.

Program Enrollment

Families of eligible students are invited to enroll for KEEP39 as part of kindergarten enrollment. The enrollment window opens on March 8, 2021 and closes on March 19, 2021.
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