Before & After School CARE

The Children At-School Recreation & Enrichment (CARE) program provides a safe, supervised environment where children can socialize, play, or do homework before and after school. Student activities include sports, arts and crafts, games, reading, storytelling, music, videos and study time. This program is for children entering 1st-5th grades and some Kindergarten.


John Shields & McDole Elementary — Kaneland John Shields Elementary School (KSS)  85 Main Street, Sugar Grove, 60554

John Stewart & Blackberry Creek Elementary — Kaneland John Stewart Elementary School (KST)  817 Prairie Valley Road, Elburn, 60119

CARE Documents and Forms

CARE registration is open and filling fast, register by August 1, 2020!


2020-2021 Application Form

2020-2021 Fees

2020-2021 Calendar

2020-2021 Parent Handbook

2020-2021 Handbook Attachments

Schedule Change Form

Withdrawal Form

Behavior Management


How do I register for CARE?

Please complete the CARE Application. Registration is required at least 3 weeks prior to attendance. Online registration is not available.

How soon can my child start?

A child can start at CARE three weeks after a complete application packet is submitted to the park district office AND if a spot is available. If the program is full, the child will be placed on a waiting list. When openings occur during the school year, children on the waiting list have priority placement.

What are the program fees?

Monthly fees are based on the actual number of school days in that month. Under this schedule, monthly fees will vary from month to month. The fee schedule for the entire school year can be found in the CARE Parent Handbook.

When are the fees charged?

Fees are automatically drafted from your account on the 15th of each month for the following month’s services. Example: On December 15th, your account will be debited for January CARE.

How do I change my credit card information?

Call our office at (630) 466-7436.

Where do I drop my child off?

When facing the front or main entrance of the school, CARE parents should enter through the last door on the right side of the building. The door is locked for safety, so you must ring the black doorbell. This is the front door that is nearest to the gym and multipurpose room. Use door #11 at John Shields School. Use door #12 at John Stewart Stewart School.

Parents are required to sign children in and out of CARE. No child is to be dropped at the curb. No child may leave CARE without being accompanied by a guardian.  Please have your child certified through Kaneland’s Self-Certification tool before dropping off at CARE to avoid delays.

My child will not be at CARE today. What do I do?

Please help us keep your child safe by informing the school and CARE staff when your child will not be at school or CARE. We look for your child and expect them to be at our program unless you tell us otherwise. If your child is absent from school and/or CARE, please call:

Kaneland John Shields Elementary School (KSS)

School Phone: (630) 466-8500
CARE Phone: (630) 461-7854

Kaneland John Stewart Elementary School (KST)

School Phone: (630) 365-8170
CARE Phone: (630) 461-8393


What are the program dates?

The CARE program is following the Kaneland 302 Blended Learning schedule.  If your child comes to school on “A” day they can attend before and or after CARE.  If your child attends on “B” day they can attend before and or after CARE.  We do not offer any CARE programming on the learn from home days.  If school is canceled for any reason such as a holiday, institute day, or weather-related closing, the CARE program will not meet. Kaneland School District has four scheduled early dismissal days per school year. On these days, CARE meets an hour earlier to accommodate the shortened school day.

What hours can my child attend the CARE program?

In the morning, children can be brought to the CARE program as early as 6:30 am. When the school bell rings in the morning at 8:40 am, children are dismissed from CARE and they walk to their classrooms. After school, children are dismissed from their classrooms to attend CARE at 3:25 pm. Children can stay at CARE until 6:00 pm.

How do I access my online account?

When you sign up for the CARE program or any other program with the Sugar Grove Park District, a household account is created for you. To access your account from our website,, click on the Register Online button. Enter the email address you wrote on your CARE Application. If this is the first time you are accessing your online account, your temporary password will be your zip code. Please change your password to one of your choosing. On the next screen, click on My Account.

Do I get receipts for my CARE payments for income tax purposes?

Monthly receipts are emailed to you at the email address you indicated on your CARE Application. Please check your spam folder, as some times they end up there. If you should need a copy of a receipt, you can access them through your online account. (See FAQ 4 – How do I access my online account?) Once you click on My Account, you can print a Childcare Statement, or Reprint A Receipt, and other tasks.

My tax accountant said I need the Sugar Grove Park District EIN. Where do I find this number?

The Sugar Grove Park District’s EIN number is located on the second page of every receipt. The EIN is 36-4041553.

What if I have questions about my bill?

Generally, someone is in the park district office weekdays from 9:00 am- 4:00 pm. If you have a question, please call our office at 630-466-7436. You can also send an email to