Extended Day Kindergarten Program

2021-2022 School Year 

Following the EDK lottery held on March 11, 2021 we are now at capacity for our morning and afternoon Extended Day Kindergarten programs for the 2021-22 school year.  If you would like to be placed on a waiting list for the EDK program, call Jefferson School at 847-318-5360. Families will be notified when an opening becomes available.

Explanation of EDK Options for Students Entering 
Kindergarten 2021/22 (pdf)


A variety of enrichment and educational activities are provided using hands on and play based learning activities.   Educational activities, related to social studies and science themes, help students learn through art, music, reading, math, and drama.  Students also have daily opportunities to engage in indoor and outdoor play. The program is not an extension of District 64’s kindergarten curriculum, but is taught by state certified kindergarten teachers and supported by teaching assistants.   Class sizes range from 20-25 students.


The rates for the 2021-20202school year are as follows: $24.00 per day for the morning or afternoon session. Before School Care at Jefferson is $12.00 per day. On the 15th of each month you will receive an invoice via email from My School Bucks.  You may also access the My School bucks invoice through the Parent Portal.  Payment of fees is due by the 1st of each month and can be done either electronically or by mailing a check to the District office.  A $25.00 late fee will be assessed if payment isn’t received by the 3rd business day of the month.  If payment isn’t received by the 20th day of the month an additional $25.00 will be assessed, totaling $50.00 late fee.  If a family is late 2 times with their payments, their child(ren) may be dismissed from the program indefinitely.

Refunds for dropping days and/or the EDK program in entirety will only be given if the school is notified by the 14th of the month or before an invoice is submitted.  If you have any billing questions contact Valerie Varhalla at 847-318-4322.  The August invoice will include both August and September tuition.

If you need duplicate (both parents) billing statements sent out, please notify the Jefferson School secretary, Kathy Luppo, at 847-318-5360. Billing adjustments will be made on a monthly basis if your child needs before school care on an additional day.


  • Before School Care - 7:00 - 9:00 a.m.   Students enrolled in the morning EDK program may sign up for this program if they need coverage before 8:45 a.m.
  • Morning Extended Day Program - 9:00 - 12:15   Students will be bused to their home school after having lunch at Jefferson.
  • Afternoon Extended Day Program - 12:00 - 3:30 (except Wed dismissal is at 2:40)   Students will be bused from their home school to Jefferson after their morning kindergarten class.


Parents must personally walk their child to the EDK door (door #4) for the morning and Before School Care program.   Students may be dropped off as early as 7:00 a.m. for the Before School Care program and between 8:50 - 9:00 a.m. for the morning EDK program.  If you arrive after 9:00 a.m. you must enter through the main entrance (door #7) and report to the office on the opposite end of the building . A staff member will be called to pick up your child from the office.  

Students in the afternoon EDK program will use a different door.  Between 3:00 - 3:30, parents should pick up their child from door #6, which is off the back parking lot and to the right of the main entrance.   Students who are registered for the Park District’s Beyond the Bell (BTB) program will be bused back to the home school for that program.  If you need to pick your child up between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 you must come to the main entrance (door #7) and sign your child in or out.

To ensure students’ safety, if someone other than the parent will be picking up your child, they need to be listed on the Pick Up Approval form. Please let that person know that the first time they pick up your child they will be required to present their driver’s license before we can release your child to them.


In the mornings, parking is limited on Greendale Ave, as it is shared with preschool parents and staff.  To ensure student and family safety, Greendale Ave will be temporarily blocked off between 8:45 - 8:55 a.m.  If you arrive prior to this time, you will be able to park on Greendale Ave. in any of the angled parking spots or along the curb in front of the bus loading zone (marked by orange cones) on the southeast end of the building.  However, if you arrive after this time you will need to park north of the barricades or in the back parking lot.  Please note: Greendale Avenue is a two way street between Field Dr. and the school, therefore, DO NOT stop behind the barricades and wait for them to be removed, as cars need to be able to turn left from the back parking lot to travel east.  In the afternoon, parents will park in the back parking lot when picking up their child.


District buses transport the children mid-day to/from Jefferson School and their neighborhood elementary buildings.   Transportation costs are included in the daily fee and are automatically arranged at time of EDK registration.


If your child will be absent you must call Jefferson School in addition to your child’s home school.  Absences from the EDK program can be reported by calling 847-318-5360 ext. 4 or 847-318-4212. Parents are charged for days when students are absent.


Inside and outside temperatures fluctuate throughout the day and/or year and students may have accidents, therefore, please send your child with an extra set of shorts/pants, shirt, and underwear.  Please write your child's name on all clothing so it can be easily identifiable.  In the fall, please also send a sweatshirt/sweater. To minimize the amount of winter clothing your child has to keep track of and potentially lose, please send a complete set of winter clothing when the weather turns cold, including snow pants, boots, hat, and gloves/mittens.


The Extended Day Kindergarten program follows the District 64 school calendar.  Therefore it will not operate on the following days: Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving week, Winter Break, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Spring Break, Good Friday, Memorial Day, staff development days, and record days.

The Park Ridge Park District provides programs for elementary age students on days when the schools are closed.  Information and registration is available at www.prparks.org.


Both morning and afternoon students eat lunch and have a snack break at Jefferson School.  Students must bring their own lunch and snack, including a drink. Please do not send soda/pop or foods that need to be microwaved or refrigerated.  


Please let us know if your child has any allergies or chronic medical conditions.  If he/she requires prescription medications at school a prescription from the doctor is required.  The school nurse will inform the EDK staff of any medical needs that were indicated in the kindergarten registration process.  For everyone’s safety, including your child’s, please do not send your child to school if he/she is not well. If your child has any activity restrictions at school they will also apply at Jefferson School.  

A school nurse is on site during school hours for children with chronic medical conditions, who require first aid, or become seriously ill.  Parents will be notified immediately if their child sustains an injury while at Jefferson.


For program information contact Lisa Halverson at 847-318-4249; lhalverson@d64.org.

For questions about billing contact Valerie Varhalla, 847-318-4322.

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