Children’s Drop-In Learning Center

Located in the heart of Lake Forest, the Gorton Children’s Drop-In Learning Center (DILC) serves as an “as-needed” home away from home for little ones while you do what you need to do – for a few hours, or a few days a week!

Open weekdays from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Children’s Drop-In Learning Center is a 30 year-old membership-based program that offers flexible, early childhood care, education, and summer camp activities for children ages six weeks to five years. Each year, children from 200 area families enjoy this nurturing, safe, convenient, and fun environment that boasts nearly 2,100 square feet of brightly colored childcare space spread over three classrooms and a private, updated playground for all ages.

When your child attends the Drop-In Learning Center, he/she wil be placed in a classroom with a warm caring staff and children in their age group. Our classrooms are divided by age, infants to 23 months (maximum 12 children to 3 adults), 2-young 3 year olds (maximum 16 children with 2 adults), and older 3 year olds through 5 year olds (maximum 19 children with 2 adults). All age groupings and ratios are kept in accordance to DCFS rules and regulations to ensure safety.

STEPS


  1. Pay the enrollment fee, choose option best suited for your family.
  2. Print enrollment packet and complete. Print and fill out DHS medical form and lead questionnaire. Make a copy of each child’s birth certificate.
  3. Drop off all above forms to the DILC director for review.
  4. After process is complete, you may start making reservations on the online form.
  5. You will receive confirmation of your reservation within 1 business day.
  6. Arrive at your designated time!


How it Works

Operating Days and Hours

The Center is open from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Our calendar follows a typical school calendar with the exception that the Drop-In Learning Center will offer programs on days off from school. The Drop-In Learning Center will follow all other major school holidays. Camp programs are offered during the summer months, except for August when the Center will be closed. A monthly calendar is available for your convenience.

ENROLLMENT AND FEES

The annual enrollment fee for a family enrolling one child is $205. The fee for a family enrolling two or more children is $260. Enrollment fees are non-refundable. The hourly fees are:

6 weeks to 2 years of age

$10 per hour

2 year-olds

$10 per hour

3-5 year-olds

$10 per hour

Families that have two children attending at the same time will pay the regular hourly rate, plus $5 extra per child per hour ($15 for two children; $20 for three children).

RESERVATIONS

Reservations can be made up to two weeks in advance starting at 12 a.m. by going to Make a Reservation Now, calling (847) 234-2778 or by completing a reservation request form at the Center. In order to limit the number of transition periods, reservations are limited to the hour and half hour only.

CHILD / TEACHER RATIOS

Infants (6 weeks-15 months)       4:1
Infants (6 weeks-15 months)       4:1
Toddlers (15-24 months)              5:1
2 year-olds                                      8:1
3-5 year-olds                                  10:1

PARENT HANDBOOK

We have prepared a useful handbook, including the Drop-In Learning Center’s background, policies, and helpful information, in PDF Format for your easy reference.

CAMP PROGRAMS

Mini Camps are offered on days when school is not in session. Camp Gorton runs for 8 weeks during the summer.

Drop-In Learning Center Sick Policy

It is important for all of the children in our care to be safe and healthy. Each parent is responsible for assessing their child before bringing them to the Drop-In Learning Center. Once you arrive at the Center, it is a DCFS requirement that you wash your child’s hands upon entering a classroom.

Please read the following Drop-In Learning Center policy.

You should keep your child home if:

· Your child has a fever of 100 degrees or more.
· Your child vomits within the last 24 hours.
· Your child has had diarrhea.
· Your child has “goopy” discharge from one or both of their eyes.
· Your child has an unexplained rash.
· Your child has a sore throat and swollen glands.
· Your child is unusually pale, cranky, has a lack of appetite, or confused.
· Your child has lice or nits.

The Drop-In Learning Center will send your child home if:

· Your child develops a fever.
· Your child vomits.
· Your child has diarrhea (watery discharge).
· Your child has “goopy” discharge from their eye(s).
· Your child develops an unexplained rash.
· Your child develops a sore throat and swollen glands.
· Your child becomes unusually pale, cranky, has a lack of appetite, or is confused.
· Your child has lice or nits.

The Drop-In Learning Center reserves the right to ask for a physician’s note before allowing your child back into our care.

If your child has any allergies, please email Kristy Richardson-Tucker at dicdirector@gortoncenter.org with this information.

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