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 Procedures

Please see 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 815-469-9275Emailed registrations will not be accepted. No same week registration.

Registration Process:

To ensure the program has adequate staff and enough space to effectively administer the after school program, the registration procedures are as follows:

  • Monthly schedules will be required to be completed for the WHOLE MONTH. The District will no longer accept week to week calendars.
  • Schedules for the entire month will be due by the end of day (midnight) on 3rd Wednesday of the  month. A list of deadline dates is provided below.
  • Registration forms may be dropped at Prairie Care, the Founders Center, and Founders Dropbox and via fax. Email registrations are not accepted. After the office opens on Thursday, registrations turned in will be considered late and will not be processed.
  • Families must commit to a minimum of 8 sessions (AM or PM) per month per child.
  • Payments can be made in 2 equal payments. A credit card must be kept on file.
    • 1st payment processed on the day the form is submitted.
    • 2nd payment will be automatically charged on the 6th day of the following month.
  • Add-ons to the monthly calendar will incur a $25 surcharge per transaction per child plus the regular fee, based on availability.
  • Any add-ons will be at the discretion of Prairie Care Staff and are not guaranteed. Add-on forms are to be completed at Prairie Care.
  • Approved add-ons should be made the week prior and never during the same week.
  • Certain days may not be available due to the high enrollment. Staff will let you know ASAP upon processing.
  • No credits or refunds for absences or missed days.

Registration Deadline Dates:

Month Deadline
August August 11
September August 18
October September 15
November October 20
December November 17
January December 15
February January 19
March February 16
April March 16
May April 20
June May 18

Kindergarten – 5th Grade

Price List 1 day
Before School Care $12
After School Care $17

Prairie Care Forms:

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

  • Prairie Care Handbook
  • Prairie Care Phone System
  • Prairie Care Payment Procedures
  • Prairie Care Participation Sheet
  • Medical Consent Release Form
  • Consent Form – Photo, First Aid, & Field Trips
  • Prairie Care Discipline Policy
  • Self-Assessment COVID-19 Symptom Questionnaire
  • Technology Contract

Monthly Registration Forms: 

August 2021 Registration Form

September 2021 Registration Form

October 2021 Registration Form

November 2021 Registration Form

December 2021 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 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 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 8 Institute $50
October 11 Holiday $50
October 29 Early Dismissal $30
November 19 Early Dismissal $30
December 17 Early Dismissal (One Hour) $17
January 17 Holiday $50
February 21 Holiday $50
March 25 Early Dismissal $30
March 28 – April 1 Spring Break Camp TBA
May 27 Early Dismissal $30
June 6 Early Dismissal TBA



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