Prairie Care


PRAIRIE CARE: Before & After School Care

The Prairie Care program is designed to provide a safe, recreational based program for children attending District 157C schools in grades Kindergarten – 5th grade.  The program is coordinated by qualified staff who strive to develop a warm constructive relationship with the children.  Prairie Care provides a creative and stimulating environment in which children can learn, grow and thrive at their own developmental pace.

Regular hours of the program will be from 6:30 AM until school begins and then from the end of school until 6:30 PM.  Most district institute days are available.  ALL BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS WILL FOLLOW THE SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICY ON SNOW DAYS – CLOSED.

Registration and payments are due on Wednesday prior to the week of requested service. Your payment will reserve your spot for the following week. Please see current registration forms for more information. You may drop off your payments to the Frankfort Park District at 140 Oak Street or at the Prairie Care site (if turned in on time). You may also fax registration forms in at 815-469-9275.  All forms are available on our website at No same week registration. Late fees will apply at the discretion of Prairie Care staff.

Kindergarten – 5th Grade

Price List 5 days 4 days 3 days 2 days 1 day
Before School Care $60 $48 $36 $24 $12
After School Care $85 $68 $51 $34 $17
157c staff AM $30 $24 $18 $12 $6
157c staff PM $45 $36 $27 $18 $9

Prairie Care Forms:

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District Holidays

Participants of Prairie Care and other students that are a part of 157C may register for all District Holidays/Early Dismissals on a per day basis with the exception of Spring Break.  Below are Prairie Care offerings of the dates that 157C students are off of school. Labor Day weekend, the day before and after Thanksgiving, Winter Break and Memorial Day are not available.  Note:  There must be a minimum of 10 participants in order to run this program. You do not have to be a regular participant of Prairie Care to sign up for the District Holidays/Early Dismissal Days.

Holiday Care $50 per day 6:30 am – 6:30 pm
Early Dismissal $30 per day after school until 6:30 pm

Here are the District Holiday offerings for Prairie Care. Payment is due 2 weeks prior.

October 11 Institute Day $50
October 14 Columbus Day $50
October 31 Early Dismissal $30
November 25 Parent/Teacher $50
November 26 Parent/Teacher $50
December 20 Early Release (One Hour) $17
January 20 MLK Day $50
February 14 Early Dismissal $30
February 17 Presidents Day $50
March 30 – April 3
Spring Break Camp TBA
May 29 Early Dismissal $30
June 5 Early Dismissal TBA


The sale and subsequent renewals of each plate generate $25 for the PowerPlay! Beyond School Grant Program, which funds youth programs in park and recreation agencies throughout Illinois. The goal of the PowerPlay! program is to increase the number of opportunities designed to show youth the lifelong benefits of fitness, health and nutrition.  The Frankfort Park District Prairie Care program has been a recipient of this Grant for many years. For more information contact the Illinois Association of Park Districts at 217-523-4554 or


The Frankfort Park District is one of the Park Districts awarded the PowerPlay! Grant for the 2017-18 school year.  The PowerPlay! Beyond School Grant is a program of the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD). Funding and materials for this program are provided through the sale and subsequent renewals of the Park District Youth License Plate and through Friends of Illinois Parks. For more information on the Youth License Plate program, please visit