Wait List Information

  • Due to the fact that demand typically exceeds capacity for spaces in the C.A.R.E. Program, the Palatine and Rolling Meadows Park Districts maintain an ongoing wait list for new program enrollments.

    We regularly assess openings available at each C.A.R.E. site and use the wait list to inform families when availability exists. Your position on the wait list determines when you get a call about an available opening.

    The length of the waiting list time is different for each C.A.R.E. site.  The waiting list is always undergoing change as families’ job situations change or changes in schedules are made.  It is very difficult to predict when a space might become available for you as there are many factors which are used to offer spaces.

    Please remember that being on the wait list does not guarantee child care on the date you request it. If we cannot meet your needs for your requested date, your child’s name will remain on our waitlist until a spot is available.

    It is strongly recommended that you enroll your child in alternate child care in the community as spots may not become available during the school year.

    Parents are notified by the Park District when a space is available for their child. Notification is sent according to position on the waiting list.  Parents are given 48 hours to notify us of their decision to either accept or decline the enrollment. If the opening is declined or the family does not respond within 48 hours, the process will continue until the opening is filled. 

    If parents fail to contact us within the 48-hour period, the assumption is made that the family is no longer interested in our program and the child’s name will be removed from the waiting list.Because of this, it is very important to keep us up to date with household contact information (e.g. email, address and phone numbers).