Before & After School

We have made some updates with the Before & After School Program due to Unit 5 moving to 5 days of in-person learning.  Registration for new families will open Monday, February 1 for any openings in the program, or to be added to the wait-list. 

Click here to visit our online Winter/Spring 2021 activity guide, pages 7-9, for more information.

The Normal Parks and Recreation Department offers a Before and After School Recreation Program throughout the school year. The program is offered to kindergarten through fifth graders, at eight Unit 5 school sites. The schools include: Colene Hoose, Fairview, Glenn, Grove, Oakdale, Parkside, Prairieland and Sugar Creek.

The Before & After School Program is offered 5 days/week when Unit 5 offers in-person learning only.  During Unit 5’s hybrid learning schedule, the program is offered 2 days/week depending on the participants in-person learning days (Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday).

The program provides students with recreational, educational, and social opportunities in a safe environment. Students enjoy playground and gym time, recreation activities, games, crafts, and have the opportunity to work on homework. A light snack is offered during both the Before and After School Programs. The Late Start Program is featured on Unit 5 late start days from 6:45 to 8:30 a.m., Before School Program is run from 6:45 to 7:30 a.m., and the After School Program is run from 2:10 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The program meets in each school sites gym/multi-purpose room. 
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Registration Information

The Before/After School Program consists of four, 9 week sessions throughout the school year. Registration for the Before/After School Program takes place in April prior to the start of the new school year. Check the activity guide or contact our office for specific details and dates.

A lottery system is used to complete the initial enrollment for the first session each school year. Once a participant is enrolled in the program, he/she is guaranteed a spot for the remaining sessions, as long as the participant is re-registered during the registration deadlines for each 9 week session. A lottery system will again be used for any remaining openings in the program for sessions 2 through 4. New participants must submit forms each session to be a part of the lottery.

Registration Form (PDF)

If a new participant enters a form for the lottery, but doesn’t get in, he/she will go on a wait list for that session only. If openings become available, the wait list family will be notified.

Please refer to the Activity Guide for specific session registration dates and additional program information. Registration forms can be dropped off at the Parks & Recreation office, mailed-in, or faxed-in. Online registration will only be available for Session 2. Online registration is NOT an option for Sessions 3 & 4 due to lottery enrollment.

School Day Camp Program 

 *Please Note: Program offered during the below dates only

 The Normal Parks and Recreation Department offers supervised care 5 days/week (exception for Unit 5 days off  9/7, 9/25 & 10/12) at select sites from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Students will have the opportunity to do arts and craft activities, team building stations, indoor and outdoor programs – with time set aside for remote learning.   Students will remain in small groups, and socially distanced during the day.  This program is available for Unit 5 families and Normal residents.

 Please call the Normal Parks and Recreation Department (309-454-9540) for registration information.

 *Program will be offered from 8/24/2020-10/16/2020.