4-H Kane County

4-H is a community where youth learn by doing hands-on activities that teach skills for now and in the future. In 4-H, you can make friends, have fun, give back, and try new things with the help of caring adults. Whatever your interests or goals, there’s a 4-H experience for you. Attend a workshop to learn something new. Join a local 4-H club to find a place where you belong. Plan service projects to support your community. Build leadership skills to help you succeed in life. Sign up for projects to explore your interests. You make 4-H what you want it to be.​

Website: https://extension.illinois.edu/dkk/4-h-kane-county
Address: 535 South Randall Road St. Charles, IL 60174-1591
Phone: 630-584-6166
Eligibility: Youth and families
Insurance: Fee, waiver applications available
African American Men of Unity (AAMOU)

​Provides mentoring, rite of passage, leadership development, cultural connection, manhood/womanhood (adulthood) training, life skills, job/career readiness and social and emotional well-being to at risk youth ages 7-21.​ 

​Member of Project Safe Aurora. More information about Project Safe Aurora is available here: https://kanehealth.com/Pages/Violence-Prevention.aspx​​

Free gun locks available for pick-up: To schedule a pick-up, email ricky1rodgers@aamou.org or call 630-606-1910

Website: https://aamou.org/
Address: 712 S. River Street, Suite H, Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: 630-606-1910
Eligibility: Youth of all Racial/Ethnic backgrounds that desire positive role modeling and mentorship
Insurance: Services funded through grants, school districts, or private foundation and/or sliding fee scale
Language: English
Algonquin Area Public Library

​Book lending and media resources, youth and adult activities, free gun locks available for pick-up.  Hours: M-Th 9am-9pm, F-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm.

Website: https://www.aapld.org/
Address: Main Library: 2600 Harnish Drive; Branch: 115 Eastgate Dr. Algonquin, IL 60102
Phone: Main Library: 847-458-6060; Branch: 847-658-4343
Eligibility: Area Residents
Insurance: N/A
Language: N/A
Alive Aurora Teen Center

Free drop-in hours serve all teens 5-12th grade with free tutoring for grades 5-12, Teen Advisory Board, Teen-led programs and clubs. Free meals served at drop-in with the Northern Illinois Food Bank for 18 and under, Free Summer Camps.​

Website: https://www.alivecenter.org/alive-aurora/
Address: 406 W. Galena Boulevard, Aurora, IL
Phone: 630-332-3187
Eligibility: Must be in 5th-12th grade. We are not a clinical setting; we are more preventative, safe after-school programming. We welcome 4th graders who have completed their school year to join us at the teen center during the summer.
Insurance: All services are free.
Aurora Township Kane County, Illinois

Children and youth ages 7-17 (and students who turn 18 as seniors in high school) are welcome to attend the center and participate in recreational and educational programs, both after school and in the summer. Registration required (see website).  

Member of Project Safe Aurora. More information about Project Safe Aurora is available here: https://kanehealth.com/Pages/Violence-Prevention.aspx


Website: https://auroratownship.org/
Address: 313 Gale Street Aurora, Illinois 60506
Phone: 630-859-7501
Awana St. Charles

​Offers faith-based youth groups

Website: https://www.newcbc.org/awana
Address: 4N780 Randall Rd. St. Charles, IL 60175
Phone: 630-584-2611
Eligibility: Youth
Language: English
Bethlehem Lutheran Child Development Center
Website: https://bethlehemcdc.org/
Address: 340 Grand Blvd, Elgin, IL 60120
Phone: 847-741-7743
Bucket of Love

Dance-African & Liturgical (Praise Dance), Education-Reading & Math Tutoring/ African American History, Mentorship- Meals, Field Trips, Group Discussions, Volunteerism, Galas, Outreach 

Website: https://www.bucketoflove.org/
Address: P.O. Box 7831, Aurora, IL 60507
Phone: 815-508-8933
Eligibility: Dance- Youth ages 5-15 Education-Grades K-6 Mentorship- Youth ages 8-15  Youth
Changing Children's Worlds Foundation

Parent/Caregiver Learning, Support Groups, SEL@Home support for Parent-Child Interactions on Social/ Emotional, Resilience-Building, and Self-Regulation Skills, Community-Based Facilitated Learning Groups for Teens/Young Adults (12-24 years old). ​ Youth program exploring personal strngths, unique qualities, and relationships.

Website: https://www.changingchildrensworlds.org/
Address: 411 Stevens Street, Geneva, IL 60134
Phone: 630-909-9411
Eligibility: These programs are offered to caregivers and youth of all ages.
Insurance: No insurance, Sliding Scale $0- $140
Language: English and Spanish
Children of America

​Ywca/CCAP (offers financial assistance), Preschool, Child care ages 6weeks-12 years, before and after care, summer camp, full time & Part time care, live camera system

Website: https://www.childrenofamerica.com/locations-elgin.cfm
Address: 750 N. Mclean Blvd, South Elgin, IL 60177
Phone: 847-695-2389
Children's Home and Aid-Jerri Hoffmann Child and Family Center

Early Head Start /Head Start program providing qualified education and support staff, training and screening, parent and child enrichment activities to boost academic development, safe and quality education, prevention initiative, home visiting for 0-3 to enhance parent/child interaction and better understand your child's developmental stages. For Parents: Family support services, parent engagement services, valuable resources and helpful community connections, parent and father engagement services, monthly parent meetings​.

Website: https://www.childrenshomeandaid.org/early-childhood-care-education/community-child-care-centers/jerri-hoffmann-child-family-center/
Address: 229 Lake Marian Road, Carpentersville, IL 60110
Phone: 847-844-5100
Language: English and Spanish
City of Aurora-Youth Services

​Services include after-school programs, summer camps, middle-school athletics, including the City of Lights tournaments & the Aurora Sports Festival, Youth Court peer jury program, Resource Fairs, Aurora, STEAM Academy, and other community events.​

Website: https://www.aurora-il.org/381/Youth-Services
Address: 44 E. Downer Place, 4th Floor, Aurora, IL 60505
Phone: 630-256-3402
Eligibility: Students/youth must either be Aurora residents or attend a school located in Aurora.
Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley

​Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley provides expert multi-discipline pediatric services for infants, children and adults with mild developmental delays, complex disabilities or undiagnosed concerns at our centers in Villa Park, Elgin and Naperville. Our core services for infants, children and adults include physical, occupational and speech therapies, while also offering leading assistive technology therapy, medical nutrition services, audiology, behavior therapy, developmental evaluations, social services, specialty clinics, and a continuing education program.  ​

Website: https://www.easterseals.com/dfv/
Address: https://www.easterseals.com/dfv/about-us/locations/locations.html
Phone: 630-620-4433
Eligibility: Children Ages: Birth to 18 with Developmental Delays or Disabilities
Insurance: We accept most insurance plans.
Language: English, Spanish
Fox River Valley Libraries

​​Book lending and media resources, youth and adult activities, free gun locks avaiable for pick-up.  Hours: M-Th 9am-9pm, F-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm.

Website: https://www.frvpld.info/
Address: 555 Barrington Avenue East Dundee, IL 60118
Phone: 847-428-3661
Eligibility: Area Residents
Insurance: N/A
Language: N/A
Fox Valley Girl's Coding Club

While we believe that everyone, not only girls, should have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of software development, we also recognize that there is a long-standing marked imbalance in the ratio of men/women in technology. With a team of seasoned software developers as instructors, the Fox Valley Girls Coding Club aims to provide an environment in which girls can explore not only the tenets of well-written code, but the real-world process required to deliver software projects as well as an understanding of computer hardware.

Website: https://foxvalleygirlscodingclub.com/
Address: 25 N. River Ln., Geneva IL 60134
Phone: No Phone
Eligibility: High School girls ages 14-18 years old
Insurance:  40+ hours of free computer coding education each school year.
Fox Valley Park District

The Fox Valley Park District offers a free 1-year fitness membership to be used at the Copley Boxing Training location through our partnership with Ascension Health.

Website: https://www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org/
Address: 101 West Illinois Ave, Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: (630) 897-0516
Eligibility: Individuals must be age 16 or older and qualify through the Fox Valley Park District scholarship program.
Language: English and Spanish
Fox Valley Special Recreation Association
Recreation and leisure services for individuals with disabilities throughout the Fox Valley area.
Website: https://www.fvsra.org/
Address: 2121 W. Indian Trail, Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: 630-907-1114
Gail Borden Library - Elgin

Book lending services and media resources, youth and adult activities

Warming and Cooling Center Hours: M-Th 9am - 9pm, Fri. and Sat. 9 am - 6 pm, Sun. Noon - 5 pm

Website: https://www.gailborden.info/about-the-library/main-library
Address: Main Library: 270 North Grove Ave.; Rackow Branch: 2751 W. Bowes Rd., South Elgin: 127 S. McClean Blvd.
Phone: Main Library: 847-742-2411; Rackow Branch: 847-531-7271; South Elgin: 847-931-2090
Eligibility: Area Residents
Insurance: N/A
Language: English, Spanish
Geneva Public Library

​Book lending and media resources, youth and adult activities

Warming and Cooling Center Hours: M-Th 9am-9pm, F 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm

Website: https://gpld.org/
Address: 227 S/ Seventh St., Geneva, IL 60134
Phone: 630-232-0780
Eligibility: Area Residents
Insurance: N/A
Language: N/A
Girls Run the World Aurora

​Support, encourage, uplift girls in personal and professional endeavors​​

Website: https://girlsruntheworldaurora.org/
Phone: 331-454-9341
Eligibility: Female Youth

​Childcare Center​​

Website: https://www.kindercare.com
Address: https://www.kindercare.com/our-centers/results
Phone: See Address link for all locations
Eligibility: Accepts and helps families with childcare assistance (CCAP).  Childcare for ages 6 weeks-12 years old. DCFS families welcome.
Leaders in Transformational Education (LITE)

Opportunity Youth are ages 16 - 24 who face challenges in completing school and gaining a foothold into employment. During high rates of unemployment, youth employment takes the longest to recover with slow growth in jobs offering advancement. 

LITE creates experiential learning sessions for youth to gain skills and knowledge necessary to achieve self-sufficiency and upwardly mobile careers. Collaboration with partners ensures a comprehensive approach to meet needs and strengthen support networks.​​

Website: https://liteleaders.org/
Address: 31 W Downer Pl STE 101, Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: 331-256-5483
Eligibility: Ages 16-24+, resident of Kane County, attending school or dropout, working or not, parenting, ability to participate in program activities. Registration required on website.
Luna Behavioral Health Center

​Las Lunitas is offered to self-identified Latina adolescents between the ages of 13 to 18. The aim of Las Lunitas is to provide a non-judgmental safe place for adolescent Latinas to explore, process and cope with stressors stemming from home, school and friends, developing empowerment through support, education, community mentorship and resources. Behavioral health services for adults. 

At this time, we only take private insurance. However, when available, we do offer services at a lower rate. It is advised that the center be called to confirm the availability of these discounted services.​​

Website: https://www.lunabehavioralhealthcenter.com
Address: 164 Division St., Suite 607, Elgin, IL 60120
Phone: 847-217-9797
Eligibility: Ages 13-18 years old, actively participate in parogram, submit email of interest to Luna Behavioral Health Center, eligibility dependent on meeting requirements and program availability
Insurance: Private Insurance, possibility of discounted rates
Maple Park Public Library

​Book lending and media resources, youth and adult activities, free gun locks available for pick-up.  Hours: Mon 10am-7pm, T-Th 1pm-7pm, Sat 9am-1pm.

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/mapleparklibrary/
Address: 302 Willow Street, PO Box 159, Maple Park IL 60151
Phone: 815-827-3362
Eligibility: Area Residents
Insurance: N/A
Language: N/A
My Recess Therapy

​Pediatric Occupational, Physical, Speech Therapy.  Pediatric Chiropractic Care.  Sensory Social Classes and Yoga classes for kids.

Website: https://www.myrecess.com/
Address: 2018 Larkin Avenue, Elgin, IL 60123
Phone: 630-880-0993
Insurance: BCBSIL PPO and Blue Choice Plans
Language: English
One Hope United-Aurora Early Learning Center

Provide child care services for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years. Including a private Kindergarten program and school age program.

Website: https://onehopeunited.org/aurora-early-learning-center/
Address: 525 College Ave, Aurora, IL 60505
Phone: 630 256-7700
Eligibility: Child must have a valid birth certificate, and record of physical exam and immunizations
One Hope United-Elgin Child and Family Resource Center

Provide child care services for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. 

Website: https://onehopeunited.org/elgin-child-family-resource-center/
Address: 210 National Street, Elgin, IL 60120
Phone: 847-697-7100
Language: English &  Spanish
Salvation Army Tri-City Empower Youth

​Faith-based support, homework help, healthy snacks, mentoring, social, recreation

Website: https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/tricity/empower-youth/
Address: St. Charles
Phone: 630-377-2769
Eligibility: Preschool age children through teenage
Simply Destinee

Empowering Youth through the Arts: A safe and inclusive space that harnesses the transformative power of the arts, including dance and life skill workshops. Our center aims to uplift and support the mental wellness of youth from diverse backgrounds through peer support. By fostering creativity, providing essential life skills, and openly addressing mental health challenges, we aim to dissolve the stigma surrounding these issues and offer a beacon of hope for all young individuals facing silent struggles. ​There is no fee to participate in programming.​​​​​​

Website: https://simplydestinee.com/
Address: 122 W. Downer Pl. #124, Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: 331-643-6001
Eligibility: Ages 7+
Insurance: All programs are free
Language: English, Spanish
St. Charles Public Library

​Book lending and media resources, youth and adult activities.   

Warming and Cooling Center hours: M-Th 9am-9pm, F-Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 12pm-5pm.​​ 

Free gun locks are available for pick-up also during the hours listed above.​​

Website: https://www.scpld.org/
Address: One South Sixth Ave. St. Charles, IL 60174
Phone: 630-584-0076
Eligibility: Area Residents
Insurance: N/A
Language: N/A
START Program

​Equips youth for life success. ​​START Program's vision is to be catapults for change, to be a constant hub and network for our youth.  They will be able to work well in a group, but not be afraid to stand alone when necessary.  They will be better equipped mentally.  They will make conscious decisions and better choices throughout life.  They will become more emotionally sound, learning to communicate constructively and effectively by having a platform to vent and release without being judged.  They will also become physically fit.  Exercise has been proven to relieve stress, to promote respect among peers, and also attack obesity head on.  We focus on community and youth development, violence prevention, building bridges for success, maintaining family structure and support systems, and more. 

Free gun locks available for pick-up.  To schedule a pick-up, email: info@STARTprograms.org or call: 312-838-5200.

Website: https://startprograms.org/
Address: 550 2nd Ave., Aurora, IL 60505
Phone: 312-838-5200
Eligibility: Youth and families
Insurance: All programs are offered at no cost unless otherwise stated and all costs or fees are subject to be waived for families who cannot afford to pay.
The Learning Tree

​Early childhood center provides childcare services and education support.​​

Website: https://learningtreechild.com/
Address: https://learningtreechild.com/locations/
Phone: See Address link for location information
Eligibility: Infants and school-age children
Insurance: Accepts child care subsidy/assistance (CCAP) and can help families apply.
Young Life Kane County

Offers teens opportunities to build friendchips and recreate together in a faith-based context.

Website: https://kanecounty.younglife.org/
Address: 1745 Kaneville Rd. Geneva, IL 60134
Phone: 630-262-3939
Eligibility: Teens
Language: English
Youth Leadership Academy- Judson University

​Leadership development and college readiness services.​

Website: https://www.ylacademy.org/
Address: 1151 North State Street, Creekside South Office 113, Elgin, IL 60123
Phone: (847) 628-1102
Eligibility: Middle and High School Students (Illinois school districts U-46, D300, D301, D303)
Insurance: Not for profit organization

​Services support LGBTQ+ youth and their parents, drop-in center provides a space for sharing, support, and education.

Website: https://youth-outlook.org/about-us/
Address: 1828 Old Naperville Rd., Naperville, IL 60563
Phone: 815-754-5331
Eligibility: Youth and their families
Insurance: This organization is funded by other area organizations and businesses
Language: English
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago-Early Learning Programs

​MULTIPLE HIGH QUALITY CHILDCARE/PRESCHOOL LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT KANE (Aurora, Elgin, Carpentersville): Head Start and Early Head Start and Preschool for All Expansion programs for children 6 weeks to 5 years in partnership with local child care centers.  Children under 3 are provided with free diapers, wipes and formula while in care. ​

Website: https://www.ywca.org/
Address: 712 South River Street, Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: 630-790-6600
Eligibility: Families must fall below 100% of federal poverty level and be working full time or in school, experiencing homelessness, receiving cash assist from State of Illinois or supporting fostercare children, must provide appropriate documentation