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After School

The After School Program offers school readiness and recreational activities for children (ages 5 to 12) in a safe environment before and after the school day. Trained and qualified adult group workers provide children with instruction on the social and emotional skills needed to conquer academic and life challenges by focusing on positive building blocks.

The After School Program is housed in both Rowe Elementary School and the Northwestern University Settlement House. We provide our scholars with age-appropriate social-emotional support and academic guidance. Our scholars also participate in a wide variety of group and individual activities, homework help, and various clubs focusing on different areas of interest.

All After School staff meet the requirements and qualifications set by the state of Illinois and the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Our staff members participate in ongoing training focusing on health & safety, child development, classroom management, and more.

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Our Programs

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Before School Care

School Year


Before the school day starts, scholars meet for Before Care programming. Scholars are served breakfast and are able to participate in quiet activities, including homework help, card games, and coloring.

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Full Days

Most Days Off

During School Year

On most non-school days, the After School Program operates full-day programming during which scholars are served breakfast, lunch, and snacks and participate in various activities, including neighborhood walks, field trips, art activities, and more.

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After School

School Year


Once school dismisses, scholars meet for After School programming beginning with a snack and followed by age-appropriate programming in a group setting.

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Before School Care

Summer Months


During the summer months, the After School Program operates Summer Adventure programming, where scholars participate in field trips, swimming, academic activities including reading & MobyMax, outdoor & recreational activities, and much, much more!

After School Programs

After School Activities

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Our program offers a wide variety of academic and extracurricular enrichment activities, including:

• Gym
• Homework Help
• Art Projects
• Clubs (ex. Craft Club, Chess Club, Live Grit, Drama Club, etc.)
• MobyMax
• Field Trips
• Independent & Group Activities

After School Activities

Enrollment Information

Our program is a 12- month program and enrollment is on a rolling basis depending upon availability throughout the school year and in the summer months. There is a monthly copayment for each family, which is determined at the time of enrollment based on income and family size. The After School Program is licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and funded through the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) and Action for Children (AFC).

Enrollment Qualifications:

– Scholars must be enrolled at Rowe Elementary 
– Scholar must be between 5-12 years of age
– Income qualifications identified by IDHS or AFC

For more information about the program or questions about how to enroll your scholar in the After School Program, please contact Martha Castillo, After School Coordinator, at or 773-969-5583.

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