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Immanuel Lutheran Church - Altamont, Illinois

After School Care Program

The After School Care program has reached its maximum enrollment capacity.

Any additional families wishing to enroll can fill out an Enrollment Form and will be on a “waiting list” and will be contacted when openings occur.

ASC is operated and supported by Immanuel Lutheran Church. The program has relied on additional financial support of the Southeastern Illinois Effingham County Community Foundation, local businesses, memorials and donations from individuals and families. It is hoped that the program can continue throughout this entire coming school year with the same generous support.

Anyone wishing to make contributions are most welcome to do so. The Immanuel After School Care program qualifies as an organization allowing a tax deductable contribution. Thrivent Choice Dollars can be directed to Immanuel Lutheran Church, but the church office must be informed if the designation is to be directed to the After School Care program.

If there are any questions or need for more information, please call the Immanuel Church office at 483-6395, stop by the church office during business hours (9 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) or contact Vern Spilker.

The Program    

The After School Care (ASC) program is in its 9th year at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altamont for students attending Altamont Grade School {A.G.S.} and Altamont Lutheran Interparish School {A.L.I.S.}.

After School Care (ASC) is held in the Immanuel Parish Hall from 3:15 to 5:30 p.m. on all full school days, including early dismissals and the occasional half days dismissing before lunch. The program is open to children in kindergarten through 6th grade.

Care time begins with a prayer and/or song, followed by a time for snack every day.   
Children then have the opportunity to work on homework, meet new friends, and have fun in a relaxed, supervised environment.  They may take part in other activities, such as reading, craft projects, games, videos, etc.   

The Purpose    

The purpose of the program is to offer a safe, comfortable, Christian environment for children who would otherwise be home alone and have no access to affordable, supervised after school care.

Respect toward self, others and the environment is emphasized.  To remain eligible, children will need to follow the prescribed discipline guidelines. Paid staff and volunteer supervisors/care takers are on duty every day.


Children must be pre-enrolled to participate.  Enrollment forms will be available at the Altamont Grade School and at A.L.I.S. on registration days in July and at the Immanuel Church office.  Completed forms must be returned to A.G.S., A.L.I.S. or the Immanuel Church office.

2015-16 had 129 students enrolled---75 from A.G.S. and 54 from A.L.I.S. This includes 82 families (47 AGS and 35 ALIS). Attendance each day ranged between 75-86 students.
Due to the large number of participants, parents are encouraged to pick up their children at the earliest convenient time.  The program is not intended as a place to simply hang out with friends or as a substitute for being at home with parents and family. 
For students eligible for normal bus service, transportation is provided from the Altamont Grade School to the Lutheran School where crosswalk service is provided to the Immanuel Parish Hall.

Based on the number of workers, including regular staff and volunteer workers, enrollment has been limited to a maximum number of students. Students registering beyond the maximum allowable numbers will be informed that they are on a “waiting list” and will be contacted when openings occur.  

Volunteer Workers

There are currently four paid adult workers on duty every day. In addition to the paid staff, the program depends on volunteer workers to assist with supervision. Volunteers are encouraged to apply, even if only on a part time basis. 
Volunteer workers may contact the Immanuel Church office for application details. Volunteers may be adults, college or high school students, including those who may need community service hours.  All volunteers must agree to a background check if requested.

ASC is offered free to participating families, so as to not exclude those who may not be able to afford paid childcare services. Participating families are asked to provide snacks on a “one-day-a-month” rotating basis. Donations of paper supplies, games, equipment, various toys, etc. are always welcome.


Support and Funding  

The program continues to be financially supported this year by the Immanuel Lutheran Church budget, the Southeastern Illinois Effingham County Community Foundation grant, a designated family memorials, some Altamont businesses, Thrivent Choice and donations from a number of participating families.

Anyone wishing to ….
-- make a financial contribution through designated gifts or memorials,
-- has any questions or desires more information,
… please call the Immanuel Church office at 618-483-6395 or stop by the church office during business hours.
Financial and volunteer support is always welcome to assist in serving children and their families in the Altamont community.