About the Program

Across Chicago, parents are in need of safe, engaging options for their children at the end of the traditional school day.

Youth Guidance’s Extended Day and Enrichment programs meet this need by offering high-quality, effective and unique afterschool programs at several convenient, Chicago school locations.

By meeting kids where they are—physically, socially and emotionally—we make every child’s afterschool experience a rewarding one.  Our highly trained, passionate staff works seamlessly with school administration to provide well-rounded academic and extracurricular supports so that every child feels comfortable, safe and encouraged in his/her own personal growth and development.

Extended Day and Enrichment programs generally operate Monday through Friday from the end of the traditional school day until between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. At times, programs hold special performances, workshops, open houses, dinners, socials and other events that are open to the entire family and, sometimes, the broader community.

Programs are available to all students in the school community regardless of grade level (K-8) and economic status. Financial aid, school sponsored slots, sliding scale assistance and Illinois Action for Children subsidies are also available for qualifying families, dependent on location.

Registration and Tuition Payment

To enroll your child in a program or provide a payment, click the button to open the Registration Portal.


Extended Day and Enrichment programs currently serve hundreds of youth in communities across the city, including the Edison Regional Gifted Center and Ravenswood. All programs offer:


Edison Regional Gifted Center

Join Youth Guidance in our partnership with Edison Regional Gifted Center!

Our dedicated and highly-trained staff work with the school community to provide one-of-a-kind programming and quality enrichment activities to students. Options include homework help, arts and crafts, creative writing, drama, brain teasers, computer skills, and leadership courses. Edison is also one of the only schools in the community to offer the sport of fencing!

Every Extended Day and Enrichment activity and workshop is designed to focus on social-emotional learning and providing students with a positive environment for growth, as well as academic support.

Ravenswood Elementary

Youth Guidance is proud to partner with Columbia College and Ravenswood Elementary school to offer Before and After-School Adventures (BASA)!

Youth enrolled in BASA receive the very best in supervised care, while also taking part in amazing enrichment activities. Staff offer homework help, fun activities and adult supervision that Chicago parents will also find quite affordable.

The enrichment menu is designed to stimulate students with challenging opportunities for growth outside of the classroom by using age-appropriate materials and supportive Extended Day and Enrichment service providers.

Registration and Tuition Payment

To enroll your child in a program or provide a payment, click the button to open the Registration Portal.