Childcare FAQs

  • My child is already registered for 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 childcare begin?

    We have aligned programming with the Naperville 203 school year calendar. We are planning to begin new schedules the week of January 25, 2021, in alignment with the District 203 elementary AM/PM schedule. Childcare availability will be communicated to families currently enrolled with Champions and YMCA. 

    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?

    Yes-for staffing needs there needs to be a minimum amount of students to run a viable child care program at a reasonable cost to families. We may combine schools if there are not enough students or space available at a specific location. 

    Must I enroll my child for five days?

    Mondays will be a la carte so parents can opt for that day as a stand-alone option. Programming is structured for Tuesday-Friday the remainder of the week to ensure the health and safety of the children and staff. This allows us to cohort the children in advance of their attendance. 

    What about before school care on Tuesdays-Fridays?

    Champions and YMCA is positioned to offer an option from 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m. on Tuesday-Friday for students attending in-person in the AM session. There needs to be a minimum number of students in each school to run childcare at this time. Contact the YMCA or Champions if you have an interest in childcare from 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.

    Is there a deadline to enroll 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 enroll by Friday, January 8, 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 after the in-person school day. Staff will supervise to ensure the students are maintaining focus during the afternoon learning opportunities.

    What academic support will my child receive?

    Childcare staff are not licensed teachers but will support students as much as possible while they are involved in learning activities during the school day. 

    What should my student bring to childcare each day?

    Students must bring their device (Chromebook/iPad), charging cord, headphones that include a built-in microphone, and other traditional school supplies such as pencils, folders, and notebook paper. 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 lunch be available for my child during the school day?

    Naperville 203 and Aramark are currently participating in a USDA emergency feeding program that provides universal free meals to those under 18 in our community. Lunches through Aramark will be at no additional cost to families, through June 2021. Lunch information, including the menu, can be found using this link.

    Otherwise, we recommend that children bring a hearty, healthy, nut-free lunch from home. 

    Will the children have recess during the day like a normal school day?

    Each child will be expected to follow their classroom schedule. We will provide an indoor or outdoor space for them to move throughout the day. 

    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.