The city of Elgin Parks and Recreation Department is coming to the rescue of parents who need structured childcare during the pandemic by continuing its Kids Club program for the second half of the school year — now with a three-day-per-week enrollment option.
The Kids Club program provides a safe environment for supervised learning, fun and growth. Participating children will receive help completing remote learning assignments and projects, followed by rock climbing, small group games, arts and crafts, outdoor activities and more.
Parks and Recreation staff will ensure a safe environment by providing small group sizes based on age, requiring masks on staff and participants and performing daily symptom checks and stringent cleaning practices.
“We are here to help parents in need of structured childcare during this unique school year,” said Recreation Supervisor for Youth and Teens Rachel Jachowske. “Kids Club offers an option that ensures children are successful with their e-learning in a safe environment and have time to socialize as well.”
Kids Club is an all-day program offered from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday for children in grades 1-6. The program follows the School District U-46 schedule for remote and hybrid learning and is subject to change. Sessions cost $200 per week for a five day schedule and $135 for a three day schedule. Multiple child discounts are available.
The Recreation Youth Scholarship Fund (RYSF) will be available to subsidize the resident fee on the program for eligible families needing financial assistance. More information on the RYSF can be found at cityofelgin.org/youthfund.
About Elgin Parks and Recreation
The Elgin Parks and Recreation Department strives to enhance the quality of life for all of its residents by protecting the unique natural resources of the area and the historical identity of the city while enriching the health and wellness of those that live, work and visit Elgin. This is accomplished by providing access to integrated local and regional systems of parks, green spaces, recreation and community facilities and services and programs.
But it’s through the people that work in the department and the work they do to connect, teach, encourage and explore, that creates not only a sense of community, but memories to last a lifetime.
The department maintains 77 parks and green spaces, 10 community recreation facilities, an urban forest of over 60,000 trees and a wide range of amenities ranging from the Lords Park Farm Zoo to the Edward Schock Centre of Elgin.
SOURCE: city of Elgin news release