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Quality, Afterschool Care

Across Chicago, parents are in need of safe, engaging options for their children at the end of the traditional school day.   Youth Guidance’s Extended Day and Enrichment programs meet this need by offering high-quality, effective and unique afterschool programs at several convenient, Chicago school locations.

By meeting kids where they are—physically, socially and emotionally—we make every child’s afterschool experience a rewarding one.  Our highly trained, passionate staff works seamlessly with school administration to provide well-rounded academic and extracurricular supports so that every child feels comfortable, safe and encouraged in his/her own personal growth and development.

Extended Day and Enrichment programs generally operate Monday through Friday from the end of the traditional school day until between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. At times, programs hold special performances, workshops, open houses, dinners, socials and other events that are open to the entire family and, sometimes, the broader community.

Programs are available to all students in the school community regardless of grade level (K-8) and economic status. Financial aid, school sponsored slots, sliding scale assistance and Illinois Action for Children subsidies are also available for qualifying families, dependent on location.

Convenient Chicago Locations

Extended Day and Enrichment programs currently serve hundreds of youth in communities across the city, including the South Loop and Ravenswood. All programs offer:

  • Homework assistance
  • Safety and supervision
  • Academic support
  • Technology exploration
  • Recreation and physical activity
  • Skill development

ksvaicer_LThumbKatie Svaicer, Program Manager, Extended Day and Enrichment

Making an Impact: “I have been working with the agency for 17 years. One of my former students, whom I started working with when she was in first grade, just graduated from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut! As I see many of my former students becoming successful, caring adults, I am so proud and honored to have had the opportunity to work with them and be a part of their journey that led to their success today.”

Edison Regional Gifted Center
Edison Regional Gifted Center
Ravenswood Elementary
Ravenswood Elementary