STAR Before and After School Program


The Hoffman Estates Park District’s STAR Before & After School Program is for children needing before and after school care. The STAR program provides your child a safe environment in a recreational setting. Activities may include, but are not limited to, art projects, sports, games, outdoor play and homework time. A light, nut-fee, snack can be brought to the after school program.

Before School: 7:00 am until the start of school.
After School: School dismissal until 6:00 pm.

Serving the following schools within District 54: MacArthur, Muir, Armstrong, Fairview, Lakeview and Lincoln Prairie. Serving the following schools within District 15: Thomas Jefferson & Frank C Whiteley. For information on D15 Kinder STAR registration click here.

Priority Registration for current STAR families runs from March 1st- March 15th 2023.

A Non-refundable $45 initial payment due at time of registration.

Registration for STAR the 22/23 year must be coordinated directly with Program Manager, Kimberly Barton, to confirm availability at your child’s school and determine a start date in the 22/23 school year.

STAR 2023-2024 Fees

District 54 and 15 (9 monthly payments 10th of the months August-April of fees listed below ).

Day OptionsD54
Before: 7:00-8:40A
After: 3:00-6:00P
3 days Before$94
$118 Lincoln Prairie
3 days After$165
$141 Lincoln Prairie
5 days Before$145
$175 Lincoln Prairie
5 days After$246
$210 Lincoln Prairie

Day OptionsD15
Before: 7:00-8:25A
After: 3:05-6:00P
3 days Before$100
5 days Before$146
3 days After$187
5 days After$265

2023/2024 STAR Registration Information

Enrollment & Discount Options:

  • Siblings are eligible for 10% off fees listed.
  • Participants enrolled in the 3-day option must select consistent 3 days to attend each week. Changes in schedule would require a change form submission.

Payment Options

  1. Pay in Full upon enrollment
  2. Payment Plan: a Non-refundable $45 initial payment due at time of registration. Nine equal payments will be auto-paid with a saved bank card on 10th of each month: August 10, 2023 through April 10, 2024.

How to Register

  1. Register online or in-person. Priority registration for currently enrolled STAR families is March 1-15. New student registration opens March 16.

To register once the school year has already started, you must contact Kimberly Barton, Program Manager, to confirm start date & pro-rated tuition amount.

Parent Resources

STAR Waitlist FAQs 

Changes & Cancellations

Changes? Contact Kimberly Barton, to receive a cancellation form.

  • A cancel/change form must be completed for any changes to your child’s program.
  • STAR Schedule changes must be received by NOON on the Wednesday prior to the week requesting changes.
  • Changes take 2 business days to process and go into effect on Mondays.
  • We are unable to prorate fees for days missed due to illness, vacation or behavior suspensions.
  • A service fee will be charged for all schedule changes.

Weather Policy

Full Day School Closing

STAR will not be in session on the days school is cancelled due to large amounts of snow or ice or emergency closing. Whiteley & Thomas Jefferson STAR follows the School District 15 snow days. Lakeview, Fairview, Armstrong, Muir, Lincoln Prairie and MacArthur STAR sites follow School District 54 snow days. Refunds will not be issued. Days will be added at the end of the year. You can find out about weather-related closings at our Weather Updates page.

Child Care for Elementary Kids on SEVERE COLD DAYS OFF of SCHOOL

Child care is available on severe COLD days off of school. 

For kids Kindergarten through 6th grade at the Triphahn Center, 1685 W. Higgins Road. Parents may drop off children as early as 7 am, pick up is no later than 6 pm. $55 per child.

You must show proof of registration via a receipt or emailed receipt when you drop off your child in the morning. Children must bring a sack lunch and drink. Please be sure your child has eaten breakfast before arriving.

Contact Kimberly Barton, or 847-285-5535