Programs and Care

Could your student benefit from extra practice in math?

SMART will be offering a 7-week summer program to give current 2nd through 5th graders (rising 3rd through 6th graders) a preview of key parts of the next grade’s curriculum, starting the week of June 20th. Sessions will be taught by D97 teachers over Zoom and are meant to supplement in-school instruction. The curriculum for each session will be stand-alone, so students won’t be lost if they miss a session. Students from any elementary school in Oak Park and River Forest are welcome. Total cost is $72 for the full term. Financial aid is available for those who need it.


Join the nearly 200 students who participated in the SMART program this year. For more information and to register by May 31, visit

After School: On-site at Lincoln for 2021/22

By Discovery offers elementary school children opportunities for exploration and growth through creative project-based learning in ART.  Students enjoy a snack from home and outdoor play at the start of each session. To minimize the risk of Covid, in addition to masking and hand sanitizing, students remain with their table group when indoors.

  • WHEN: DISMISSAL to 6PM, EVERY FULL DAY school is in session
  • ENROLLMENT: Part Time (1 + days per week) or Full Time (M-F)
  • LIMITED SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: Receive 50% off the program fee for those who receive free and reduced lunch (2 full time scholarships or part time equivalents)
  • PROGRAM FEE: $28 per day. Please note we are not a drop-by program. Families register for 1 or more days per week for the school year. A one month cancellation notice is required.

Please visit to learn more and to register! You may also contact Jocelyne Adkins, Program Director, at


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Hephzibah’s Day Care Program offers nurturing, enriching day care for Oak Park children traditionally after school and during the summer, but due to COVID-19 their day care program has adapted to meet the needs of Oak Park families.

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Park District of Oak Park @ Carroll Center

The Park District is committed to working with School District 97 to provide quality childcare for parents.


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Contact Rowan Richards (312) 399-0543,


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This Fall at Code Play Learn we have great opportunities for families to get their kids engaged with learning.

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