We are pleased to offer new LINK Before and After School Program options to assist families during District 58's Return to Learn Plan! The Downers Grove Park District will create a safe and nurturing environment that fosters positive experiences through play and exciting activities. The LINK Program will follow the same stages and timeline as the Return to Learn Plan and will provide transportation and flexible childcare options to families. The LINK Program for grades K to 6 has been expanded and our new KinderLINK program provides parents the opportunity to extend half-day day Kindergarten into a full-day experience!

Students will enjoy:

  • Outside play time
  • Gym games
  • Activities such as arts & crafts
  • Lunch/snack time
  • Time for homework and remote learning assistance

In-case of District 58 full remote learning:

In the event that District 58 changes to full remote learning at any point during the school year, the LINK and KinderLINK would be temporarily suspended until some form of in person learning can resume. In that case, we will do our best to try to provide other options for programs and childcare assistance and that information would be available online once finalized, as well as emailed to current participants. In the case of a temporary closure of the LINK/KinderLINK due to remote learning, payments for those programs would also be suspended as parents would not be charged for days the program is not in operation.

Health & Safety Guidelines

The health and safety of our participants and staff remains a top priority, therefore, the District will follow CDC recommendations, ISBE guidelines and additional measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Guidelines and procedures are available in the LINK Packet.

VIEW THE LINK PACKET LINK REGISTRATION FORM KinderLINK REGISTRATION FORM


Expanded LINK Program At-A-Glance

Stage I - TRANSITION DAYS

Sept. 1-9 (No school Sept. 7)

Looking for childcare during Stage I of the Return to Learn Plan? Drop off your child at the Lincoln Center for a half day of fun. The Downers Grove Park District will host a 6-day school transition camp from 12 to 6 pm each day. Before School care will not be available during Stage I. Transportation will not be provided. We encourage you to feed your child between school dismissal and the start of camp. If time does not allow, please send your child with a lunch. Lunch will not be provided. Campers will take part in group games indoors and outdoors (weather permitting), crafts, free play and more.

Registration Information

  • Please register by Friday, Aug. 21.
  • All registrations must be done online at dgparks.org.
  • Daily registration is not available for this camp.
  • Registration Code: 4210M00-01
  • Fees: $210 Residents / $240 Non-residents

Stage II - BLENDED DAYS

Sept. 10 to Oct. 23 (No school Oct. 12)

LINK Before School: 6:30am to start of the school day

During Stage II and III of the District 58 Return to School Plan, the LINK Before School program will remain the same. LINK participants will enjoy fun activities before school and then be bussed from the Lincoln Center to their school.

LINK After School: School dismissal to 6pm

LINK participants will be bussed from their school to the Lincoln Center where they will have lunch then take part in an extended version of our normal after school day where there is homework time, gym time, group games, etc. Students will also eat lunch upon arrival to the LINK. Parents must provide a lunch as the Park District will not provide a lunch to participants. This stage will have participants in our care for about 9 additional hours per week. The fees for LINK during Phase II are listed below. The fees listed below are for all days of school from Sept. 10 to Oct. 23 and must be paid in full online by Sept. 1.

Stage II Fees (Sept. 10 to Oct. 23)

DAYS PER WEEK AM LINK PM LINK BOTH AM & PM
5 $210 $775 $925
4 $195 $610 $787
3 $163 $455 $584

Stage III: BEGINNING OCT. 26

LINK Before School: 6:30am to start of school day

During Stage II and III of the District 58 Return to School Plan, the LINK Before School program will remain the same. LINK participants will enjoy fun activities before school and then be bussed from the Lincoln Center to their school.

LINK After School: School dismissal to 6pm

In the after school program, LINK participants are bussed to the Lincoln Center from school where they will enjoy group games, gym time, arts and crafts and will have time for homework and remote learning assistance. This stage will have participants in our care about 4 additional hours per week. Fees are listed below and will be processed through an automatic withdrawl on the 15th of the month from October 2020 to May 2021.

Stage III Monthly Fees (Billed on the 15th of the month beginning Oct. 15)

DAYS PER WEEK AM LINK PM LINK BOTH AM & PM
5 $135 $348 $450
4 $125 $280 $378
3 $105 $213 $296


NEW KINDERLINK PROGRAM

KinderLINK will be offered opposite of the school schedule so parents will have the opportunity to have full day care for their Kindergartener. At KinderLINK, children will take part in daily circle time, crafts, group games indoors and outdoors (weather permitting) and more!

  • KinderLINK is a 5-day program.
  • Tentative start date is Sept. 10.
  • Parents must provide a lunch for their student. Lunch is not provided by the Park District.
  • If extended care is needed beyond the Kindergarten class and KinderLINK, you may enroll in the regular LINK program in addition to KinderLINK.
  • A registration form is available at dgparks.org
  • Annual tuition is $3,015/school year. $335 is due in full online by Sept. 1. Remaining tuition will be divided into 8 equal payments of $335 and will be billed on the 15th of the month from Oct. 1 to May 1 through an automatic withdrawal process. No additional registration fee is required for KinderLINK.

Morning KinderLINK

AM KinderLINK will run 8:30 am until the start of the school day for Kindergarteners enrolled in PM Kindergarten at District 58. Children will eat lunch at the Lincoln Center each day before being bussed to their school.

Afternoon KinderLINK

PM KinderLINK will run from school dismissal until 2 pm for Kindergarteners enrolled in AM Kindergarten at District 58. Children will be bussed to the Lincoln Center from school and have lunch once they arrive.


How to Enroll

  • Complete the LINK Registration Form or KinderLINK Registration Form and email to Samantha Donovan, Recreation Supervisor, at sdonovan@dgparks.org.
  • If enrolling in both KinderLINK and the LINK Program, both forms will need to be completed.
  • You will receive an email confirmation from Samantha Donovan with instructions on how to complete the online registration process (including payments).
  • A $60 registration fee is due upon completion of enrollment for the LINK Program.
  • There is no additional registration fee for the KinderLINK program. The initial $335 payment covers all fees.

THE LINK CONTACT INFO

The LINK Email: thelink@dgparks.org

Recreation Supervisor: Samantha Donovan
630.960.4477 | sdonovan@dgparks.org