In 1984, an area-wide social service task force was formed to address the needs of latch-key children.
Efforts continued over the next two years and in 1986, the first Kids After School Program with
Enrichment and Recreation (KASPER) was started as a cooperative effort between the park district,
Village of Schaumburg, School District 54 and Twinbrook YMCA to provide after-school care for children
in kindergarten through sixth grade. KASPER has grown from 49 children at two sites in 1986 to include
before- and after-school care for over 950 children at 15 sites in 2019.

The KASPER program gives children a safe space before and after school to explore new opportunities,
learn new skills, make meaningful friendships and test their creativity and imagination. Our staff is
committed to creating a nurturing community that supports each child’s individuality and unique
interests. Safety and supervision are essential components of our program.

Daily activities include arts and crafts, sports, organized games, innovative play, outdoor recreation and
more. A quiet area is provided for children who wish to do homework. Morning care is from 7AM until
the start of school. Afternoon care is from the end of school until 6PM.

The Schaumburg Park District offers AM and PM care at Aldrin, Blackwell, Campanelli, Collins, Dirksen, Dooley, Enders-Salk, Hale, Hoover and Nerge schools and overflow locations at the Community Recreation Center and Meineke Recreation Center and The Sport Center. Space is limited to 60 children per day, per school.

For more information, call 847/252-2888 or email kasper@parkfun.com.

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