connecting kids with fun, active activities before & after school

The Link is a program from the Downers Grove Park District that provides students fun and engaging enrichment activities including nature, fitness, arts and crafts, science and cultural arts. Children in grades K-6 will enjoy supervised age-based activities before and/or after school in addition to daily homework time and an afternoon snack. The Downers Grove Park District will not only provide safe transportation between participating District 58 schools and the Lincoln Center, but also will connect participants to recreation programs offered at the Lincoln Center! The Link is held in a newly remodeled wing of the Lincoln Center located at 935 Maple Ave. in Downers Grove.

PARENT MANUAL

participant information form

Flexible Options

  • Full-Time: Five days per week, with AM only, PM only or AM & PM options.
  • Part-Time: Select three or four days per week, with AM only, PM only or AM & PM options.


Hours

Before Care: 6:30-8:00am (All students must arrive no later than 7:45am)

After Care:

  • Monday: 2:00-6:30pm
  • Tuesday-Friday: 3:00-6:30pm

fees

DAYS BEFORE CARE ONLY AFTER CARE ONLY BOTH BEFORE & AFTER CARE
3 $103 PER MONTH $197 PER MONTH $276 PER MONTH
4 $125 PER MONTH $244 PER MONTH $347 PER MONTH
5 $135 PER MONTH $287 PER MONTH $400 PER MONTH

Monday afternoons are an additional $15 per month


How to Register

  • All students in Kindergarten through 6th grade are eligible for enrollment in The Link Before & After School Program.
  • Registration is ongoing, in person at the Lincoln Center (935 Maple Ave.). Online, phone and fax registration are not available.
  • All registration forms must be completed and required fees must be paid to register.
  • Registration for part-time enrollment must maintain consistent days. Any changes in enrollment must be approved pending availability.


New Families

  • A $50 fee is required at time of registration.
  • Tuition for the Link are divided into 10 equal monthly payments and are billed on the 15th of each month August to May.
  • Tuition may be paid in full at the time of registration.


Returning Families

  • A $50 fee is required at time of registration.
  • Remaining fees for the Link are divided into 10 equal monthly payments and are billed August to May.
  • Tuition may be paid in full at the time of registration.


Transportation 2019-20

The following elementary schools will be served by Park District transportation:

  • Fairmount
  • Hillcrest
  • Indian Trail
  • Kingsley
  • Lester

District 58 schools not listed are encouraged to register and transportation will be evaluated if registration becomes available at additional schools


NEW! RECEIVE DISCOUNTS ON SELECT PROGRAMS

The Downers Grove Park District connects LINK participants to additional recreation programs at a discounted rate! The LINK staff will ensure safe drop off to and from programs located in the Lincoln Center that take place during LINK hours or directly following LINK hours.

  • Parents Night Out
  • Magic Class
  • Amigos Youth Spanish Club
  • Speak With Your Hands
  • Celebration Slime: New Year's Lab Experience
  • Small Bites
  • Sticky Fingers Cooking
  • LEGO® STEM Workshops: Jurassic Brick Land!
  • LEGO® STEM Workshops--JEDI Engineering: Mission to Space!
  • RoboThink Fall After School Robotics Program
  • Safe Kids at Home and Away
  • Babysitting for Success
  • Backyard Naturalists
  • History Detectives Afterschool Workshop
  • Art Club
  • Creating With Clay--It's Pottery for Kids!
  • LOL Improv
  • Ballet I
  • Ballet I/II
  • Ballet II
  • Pre-K Ballet/Tap II
  • Pre-K Ballet/Hip Hop
  • Pre-K Jazz/Hip Hop II
  • Boys Hip Hop
  • Hip Hop
  • Irish Dance: Beginner
  • Irish Dance: Heavy Shoe
  • Intro to Music Theory
  • Tap I


Link Day-off Adventures

Children ages 5 to 12 can spend the day off from school with friends playing a variety of games and enjoying activities and crafts. The day may include a field trip or in-house entertainment. Remember to bring a sack lunch. Registration is required at least one week in advance.

- A $50 fee is required at time of registration in addition to the first payment.

- Remaining fees for the Link are divided into 9 equal monthly payments and are billed September to April.

- Tuition may be paid in full at the time of registration.