The Link Before and After School Program

Sun July 1, 2018

The Link Before and After School Program will enter its second year this fall. The Link is a recreation-based before and after school program for Downers Grove District 58 students in grades K-6 and is hosted in a newly remodeled wing of the historic Lincoln Center located at 935 Maple Ave. in Downers Grove.

The Link provides students fun and engaging enrichment activities including nature, fitness, arts and crafts, science and cultural arts. The weekly schedule features age-based activities in addition to daily homework time and a healthy snack. Bus transportation is provided to and from participating schools.

Parents can choose to enroll for mornings, afternoons or both for 3, 4 or 5 days per week. The program delivers an extended-day schedule starting at 6:30 a.m. and ending at 6:30 p.m. each day. Fees start as low as $98 per month per child and a 10% multiple child discount is offered.

Recreation Supervisor Colleen McGavock said that The Link program is unlike any other school-age childcare option in Downers Grove.

“The Downers Grove Park District not only provides safe transportation between participating District 58 schools and the Lincoln Center, but also connects participants to specific programs offered throughout the District. If a Link participant is enrolled in another program at the Lincoln Center during The Link program time, our experienced staff will ensure a safe drop off.”

While registration is open to students at all District 58 elementary schools, the determination of which schools will be served by Park District transportation will be made based on demand and enrollment at each school. Final determination of which schools will be provided Park District transportation will be made on May 1, 2018.

To encourage friends to enroll in The Link, the District is offering a Refer-A-Friend program. Families can receive a $50 credit applied to their first month’s tuition of the 2018-19 school year by having their referred family complete and return the referral form to the Lincoln Center. Referral forms are located on our website at

For more information about The Link Before and After School Program, please call 630.963.1300 or visit