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Located on the northeast corner of Clinton St (540 W) and Monroe St. (100 S) in Downtown Chicago, aka, The Loop. Our entrance (store front entrance on ground level) faces Clinton St, near the intersecting streets. Look for the frosted glass door with the buzzer. Note: There are no signs to indicate the center's entrance. There is a parking structure in the 500 W. Monroe building. Parents/guardians are provided in & out vouchers; if their stay in the garage is less than thirty minutes parking is free.

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Our School-Age Program

Guiding children to experience their world and pursue their interests

We provide school-age child care for school holidays, school closing days, summer day camp or when there is a need for back-up or emergency care. In our school-age program, we provide children with the opportunity to live, learn and socialize in a relaxed setting outside of school.

We offer a wealth of enrichment activities that engage the interests of school-age children. You may find school-age children creating a magazine or a video, playing chess or shooting hoops, tutoring each other or forming a club. Teachers are there alongside, facilitating, guiding and understanding that learning does not have to take on the tone and texture of a school day but rather be filled with fun.

In the school-age classroom, we cannot have any outside food brought into the center.  Morning and afternoon snacks are available as part of the program.  For lunch, parents can either take the children out to lunch or purchase the catered lunch for $6. Please click Menu


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What Parents are Saying

Our greatest advocates are also our closest friends.

"The Staff at backup is excellent. My son only goes 3-4 times a year, yet they know who he is when we get there. They are awesome. He has gone there since he was 2 and he's now 10 and still likes going there. "

Our Curriculum Components

Engaging opportunities for play and discovery.

  • Language Works Tackling homework assignments, reading chapter books, engaging in long conversations with teachers and peers.
  • Math Counts Measuring weight, length, and volume, using math to solve problems.
  • Science Rocks Investigating forces of nature, developing hypotheses and conclusions, using computers, magazines, and books to explore the world.
  • ArtSmart Studying great artists, individual exploration of performance arts including dance, singing, musical instruments, and drama.
  • Our World Exploring diverse cultures, showing interest in finding solutions to issues of discrimination and injustice, becoming involved in service projects.
  • Well Aware Taking responsibility for a healthy lifestyle through regular exercise and healthy eating, participating in extracurricular activities including team sports and dance.

Learning at Home

Cotton Ball Pickup

You Will Need:

Cotton balls, tongs, chop sticks (for older children) or toast tweezers, an egg carton or ice cube tray, bowl

Directions:

Place cotton balls in the bowl and have your child fill the egg carton with cotton balls, using the chop sticks or tongs to pick them up.

Tip:

This is a fun activity that your child can do in the kitchen while you prepare dinner. Questions you might ask him during the activity include, “How many cotton balls can you put in each hole?”; “Are they heavy?”; “Is the cotton scratchy?”; “How does it feel?”; “How many balls will it take to fill up the egg carton?”


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