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.

The program is located at Grand Prairie School. 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.  Prairie Care is also available on early dismissal days and district holidays. Most district institute days are available. ALL BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS WILL FOLLOW THE SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICY ON SNOW DAYS – CLOSED.

For more information, please call (815) 469-9400 or (815) 464-5579.

Registration Procedures

Registration and payments are due on Wednesday two weeks prior to the month of requested service. Your payment will reserve your spot for the month. 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 email registration forms in at  Forms are available below or at the Founders Community Center. No same week registration. Late fees will apply at the discretion of Prairie Care staff.

Kindergarten – 5th Grade

Before School Care $14 6:30 – 8:30 am
After School Care $19 2:30 – 6:30 pm

Prairie Care – Parents Meeting

Wednesday • August 7 @ 6:00 pm
Grand Prairie Elementary School

This is an informational meeting to learn more about the program.

For more information, please call (815) 469-9400 or (815) 464-5579.

Prairie Care Forms:

Click here to download the Prairie Care Handbook

Click here to download the Prairie Care Packet. Included in this packet:

  • Prairie Care Forms 
    • This packet is “fillable”. Please open the forms, fill them out (online), save them, and email them as an attachment to
    • Registration Form
    • Photos of forms will NOT be accepted.

Monthly Registration Forms:

Please complete the monthly registration form and submit it on or before the deadline date. You may drop off your forms at the Founders Community Center (140 Oak Street), at Prairie Care (during PC hours), or email them to Forms that are emailed must be in PDF format. Photos of forms will NOT be accepted.

June 2024 – Prairie Care Registration Form

May 2024 – Prairie Care Registration Form

April 2024 – Prairie Care Registration Form

March 2024 – Prairie Care Registration Form

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 12 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 $60 per day 7:00 am – 4:00 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 6 Early Dismissal $30
October 9 Holiday $60
October 31 Early Dismissal $30
November 17 Early Dismissal $30
December 22 Early Release (1 – Hour) $19
January 15 Holiday $60
February 16 Early Dismissal $30
February 19 Holiday $60
March 22 Early Release (1 – Hour) $19
March 25 – 29
Spring Break Camp $250
May 24 Early Dismissal $30
June 11 Early Dismissal $30


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

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