Childcare FAQs

  • My child is already registered and attending YMCA/Champions. Do I need to register again?

    Yes. The hours of operation are changing due to the school schedules for elementary students. 


    When does child care begin?

    We have aligned programming with the Naperville 203 school year calendar. Before and after school childcare will continue as school returns to full day schedules. 


    May I enroll any of my children?

    Due to space and staffing limitations, only children who are enrolled as a K-5 student in a Naperville 203 school for the 2020-2021 school year may be enrolled in childcare. 


    Is there a minimum number of students needed to run a childcare program at a D203 elementary school?

    Champions and YMCA are positioned to offer an option from approximately 6:30am-8:00 and 2:30-6:00pm Monday-Friday for Naperville 203 elementary students. There needs to be a minimum number of students in each school to run childcare programs. Contact the YMCA or Champions for additional information. 


    Must I enroll my child for five days?

    Programming is structured for Monday-Friday to ensure the health and safety of the children and staff. This allows us to cohort the children in advance of their attendance. See the specific YMCA or Champions site for additional information. 


    Is there a deadline to register for childcare?

    Due to limitations on staffing and space, waitlists could occur depending on interest at each school site. Enrollment is not guaranteed. We encourage families to register by Wednesday, March 31, 2021. 

    Who are the child care staff?

    The staff are hired by YMCA or Champions and are not Naperville 203 employees. They will engage students in meaningful activities during childcare. 


    What academic support will my child receive?

    Childcare staff are not licensed teachers but will support students as much as possible for homework. 


    What should my student bring to childcare each day?

    Students should bring all their necessary school materials for homework purposes but dress for the weather as we hope to be outdoors as weather allows. An appropriately sized bag is also recommended to keep all personal belongings including coats, hats, backpacks, lunch bags, etc.  It is also recommended that your child brings a labeled water bottle filled with water prior to being dropped off. Drinking fountains in the schools will not be accessible for health reasons unless a water bottle filling station is available.


    Will special accommodations be available for my student?

    Individualized needs of students should be discussed with the YMCA or Champions contact person listed on the website before enrolling. 


    Will children and staff be required to wear a mask?

    Yes. Childcare guidelines require that all individuals wear a face mask when indoors except when eating or drinking. Please ensure your child has multiple fitted masks with them so they can have extras in the event one is soiled. Masks do not need to be worn outdoors when social distancing is possible.


    Will childcare be monitoring the health symptoms of children and staff?

    Yes. Upon arrival at childcare, each child and staff member will have their temperature checked before entering the child care space. Additionally, staff and parents may be asked a series of questions to ensure we are all doing our part to keep each other healthy.


    How will the childcare spaces be sanitized?

    High-touch areas such as tabletops will be disinfected on a scheduled basis throughout each day. Restrooms will also be disinfected several times throughout the day and every night. Students and staff will use hand sanitizer each time they enter the building as well as coming and going from the classroom space. Childcare spaces will be fully sanitized and cleaned every night.


    Will I be notified if there is a positive COVID-19 test of a child or staff member?

    All positive cases will be reported to the local health department. You will be notified if your child had close contact or low-risk contact with an individual who tested positive. In some cases, children may be in separate spaces within the school and not have any contact with other children. In those cases, you would not be notified unless the health department recommends we do so. 


    Is financial assistance available for childcare?

    We have set our enrollment fees with an understanding that childcare can be a significant expense to families especially during this global pandemic. Financial assistance is available to families based on household income levels. You can estimate potential financial assistance using the calculator at Illinois Child Care Assistance Program. This program will be used as the primary means of providing financial assistance to families in need. The YMCA or Champions contact is available to provide further assistance. 


    Who do I contact with questions about childcare?

    Please contact the YMCA or Champions based on the school your child attends. The contact information is listed on the D203 Return to Learn Childcare site.