Settlement After School Program

Northwest Settlement

After School Program

The After School Program offers school readiness and recreational activities for children (ages 5 to12) in a safe environment before and after the school day. Trained and qualified adult group workers provide children with instruction on social and emotional skills needed to conquer academic and life challenges by focusing on positive building blocks.

The After School Program is housed in both Rowe Elementary School and the Northwestern Settlement. We provide our scholars with age-appropriate social emotional support and academic guidance from staff. Our scholars also participate in a wide variety of group and individual activities, homework help, and various clubs focusing on different areas of interest.

All of the After School staff meet the requirements and qualifications set by the state of Illinois and the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Our staff participate in ongoing training focusing on health & safety, child development, classroom management, among others.

Our Programs

Northwestern Settlement’s After School Program offers twelve-month, continuous programming to Rowe scholars

Before School Care

School Year

Before the school day starts, scholars meet for Before Care programming, where scholars are served breakfast and are able to participate in quiet activities, including homework help, card games, and coloring.

After School

School Year

Once school dismisses, scholars meet for After School programming beginning with a snack (supper) and followed by age-appropriate programming in a group setting.

Full Days

Most Days-Off During School Year

On most non-school days, the After School Program operates full day programming in which scholars are served breakfast, lunch, and snack and participate in a variety of activities including neighborhood walks, field trips, art activities, and more.

Summer Adventure

Summer Vacation

During the summer months, the After School Program operates Summer Adventure programming, where scholars participate in field trips, swimming, academic activities including reading & MobyMax, outdoor & recreational activities, and much, much more!

After School Activities

Our program offers a wide variety of academic and extracurricular enrichment activities, including:

• Gym
• Homework Help
• Art Projects
• Clubs (ex. Craft Club, Chess Club, Live Grit, Drama Club, etc.)
• MobyMax
• Field Trips
• Independent & Group Activities


Our program is a 12- month program and enrollment is on a rolling basis depending upon availability throughout the school year and in the summer months. There is a monthly copayment for each family, which is determined at the time of enrollment based on income and family size. The After School Program is licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and funded through the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) and Action for Children (AFC).

Enrollment Qualifications:
– Scholars must be enrolled at Rowe Elementary School
– Scholar must be ages 5-12 years old
– Income qualifications identified by IDHS or AFC

For more information about the program or questions on how to enroll your scholar in the After School Program, please contact Martha Castillo, the After School Coordinator, at or 773-969-5583.

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1400 W Augusta Blvd, Chicago, IL 60642