College For Kids

Celebrate the Arts! Youth Art Competition

 

Parkland College Community Education and Giertz Gallery will be hosting a virtual art competition for District 505 youth ages 7-18.


Giertz Gallery and Community Education are delighted to offer students ages 7-18 the opportunity to participate in a virtual Art Contest during a time when in-person engagement is impacted due to the pandemic. The Celebrate the Arts! Youth Art Competition will run until Thursday, March 3, 2021. Students have a chance to win full summer 2021 scholarships for either College for Kids Camp or a Summer Discovery Camp. Each of the three age categories will have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, with honorable mentions. Entry is free. Works selected for the online exhibition will be featured on our social media platforms.  For rules and to submit your art work, click here.

 

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Get Ready For Summer Fun With College For Kids!

 

Community Education is here for you and your family with a wide variety of youth classes and camps offered year round: in-person, online, hybrid and live local online!  

While the majority of our team is working remotely, we can be reached at communityeducation@parkland.edu and by phone at 217/351-2235 throughout the workday, and our office is open to the public Monday-Friday, 10 AM-2 PM, except College Holidays.
 

Keeping you Safe!

Parkland College is committed to providing a safe learning environment while following local guidelines.

Your safe campus includes the following for individuals and campus staff:

  • Completing a self-assessment prior to each visit to campus
  • Wearing a face covering in any college building, including offices, classrooms, and labs
  • Maintaining a social distance of six feet
  • Washing and sanitizing hands frequently
  • Cleaning and sanitizing classrooms and high-touch areas
  • Providing self-assessment information to those registered via email   

Find more information HERE.
 



CFK SUMMER FUN IN 2021 COMING SOON!

College for Kids (CFK) is a two week enrichment camp where kids, ages 8-13, explore, create, code and imagine!  Our small classes offer the opportunity to experience learning in fun, innovative ways with hands-on, interactive classes. Many classes are designed using a STEAM model, while others offer young students experiences to explore potential careers, or help students develop and build key skills for the future.  CFK will challenge young students to try new experiences while making new friends!  All classes are taught by professional educators and offer a collaborative learning environment.

 

College for Kids Scholarships

We want to make College for Kids affordable for all kids. If your child qualifies for free or reduced lunch, they are eligible for a reduced registration fee of $129 per class.

A limited number of scholarships are available for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch at school. Review our frequently asked questions below for more information on scholarship forms.
 

Frequently Asked Questions about College For Kids:

How do I register my child?
To register, visit parkland.edu/ceRegister. Use your computer, tablet, or phone to register online, 24 hours a day! Our online registration system provides you with an easy system for registration, payment and confirmation.

You are highly encouraged, as the parent or guardian, to set up your account using a HOUSEHOLD profile before you register. You may include multiple children from your household. This will save you time and ensure that the registration process goes smoothly.

Registrations are taken on a first-come, first served basis. Class sizes are limited, so register early. Please only register your student for classes in which s/he wishes to take. Classes with low enrollment will be cancelled.
How do I take advantage of the Early Bird Discount?

Take advantage of our Early Bird Discount and register between February 17-March 13, 2020, and receive $15 off each camp.  No code is necessary.

What if a class is full?
If the class you prefer is full, you may add your child to the wait list. Simply select ADD to Waiting List when making your class selection. Should a space become available you will be contacted. Payment is required to secure a seat. If there is a conflict with current registration you will have the option to transfer your child’s enrollment.
What are the drop off and pick up procedures?

All parents and guardians must check students in on the first day of camp. 

Students may “self-check out” at the end of the day if you indicated this during the registration process.  If not, parents or guardians must sign out their child on a daily basis.  

Click here for a map off our pick up/drop off location.

Students must be dropped off according to their class schedules. Classes begin at 12:45 pm and 3:00 pm. Students should be dropped off between 12:30-12:40 pm, or 2:45-2:55 pm. No student may be dropped off before 12:30 pm or 2:45pm.
Your child will be greeted by our staff and then escorted as a group to the classroom. At the end of class, students will be escorted back to the CFK drop off and pick up location. Those staying for a second class will be supervised between classes.

Classes end at 2:45 pm and 5 pm. Please arrange to pick up your child by 2:45 pm or 5 pm. Late fees will be assessed in the amount of $1 per minute after those times. If you know that you will be late for pick up, please call 217/353-2055 to notify CFK Staff.
How much does it cost?
The cost is $159 per class. Payment is required at the time of registration. If you register online, payment must be made with a credit or debit card.
Are other discounts available?
Yes, children who qualify for free or reduced lunch at school are eligible for reduced CFK tuition at $129 per class. When registering online, use the code CFKSUM19 at checkout. This code will provide you with the CFK reduced tuition rate.

NOTE: Written proof or documentation of eligibility for free or reduced lunch must be submitted to CFK within 7 days of registration. If proof of eligibility is not received, your child will be dropped from class and fees will be refunded. Documentation may be requested from your child’s school. You may submit documentation via email to communityeducation@parkland.edu.
What should I do if my child has food allergies and is required to carry an Epi-pen and other medication?
Please indicate that your child has a food allergy for which he or she is required to carry an Epi-pen and other medications during the registration in the section that about allergies.  Please also indicate whether your student requires emergency medication (e.g. insulin, Epi-pen).

Additionally, parents/guardians must complete, sign, and submit the following forms: 

  1. Permission to Dispense Medication and Waiver and Release of All Claims form to Community Education. Note that the following information should be specified on the form: 
    1. Type of medication 
    2. Time medication should be administered
    3. Specific instructions, including how to handle side effects and storage instructions.

  2. Authorization for Students to Self-Carry. Complete this only if your child will carry an Epi-pen or other medication on his or her person.  

  3. Community Education Allergy Action Plan form. Please note that this form must be signed by your child’s physician. 
Please note: 
  • Only prescription medications in original containers with the doctor’s name and the dosage on the label will be accepted. Changes in medication must be submitted to the Parkland College Community Education in writing, including specific instructions for medication.  
  • Parents and Guardians are required to provide emergency medication (e.g. insulin, Epi-pen) to the Youth Program Manager on the first day of camp. 

What ages do you serve?
CFK classes are for youth ages 8-13 years. All students must meet the age requirement for specific classes by the first day of class. Those who do not meet the age requirement will not be able to participate.
What should I do if my child needs to take medication at camp?
Some students may need to be given medication during camp.  In order for Parkland College Community Education to be able to dispense medication, these guidelines must be followed: 
Parent/guardian must complete, sign, and submit the Permission to Dispense Medication and Waiver and Release of All Claims form to Community Education. 
  • The following information must be specified on the form: 
    • Type of medication 
    • Time medication should be administered
    • Specific instructions, including how to handle side effects and storage instructions. 
  • Only prescription medications in original containers with the doctor’s name and the dosage on the label will be accepted. Changes in medication must be submitted to the Parkland College Community Education in writing, including specific instructions for medication.  
  • Parents and Guardians are required to provide this medication to the Youth Program Manager on the first day that medication needs to be administered. 
  • Send only the daily designated amount of medication that will be dispensed by staff.  A log will be kept of the medication as it is dispensed.  Parkland College will secure all medication. 
**If a student is self-medicating, staff must be notified in writing of this situation so they are aware in case of an emergency.  

What is the cancellation policy?
Requests for cancellations must be made before the registration deadline to secure a 100% refund. If a class is cancelled by CFK, you will be notified. We will provide you with alternative class options where space is available. If no option meets your satisfaction, a full refund will be provided.
Do you provide transportation?
Parkland College does not provide transportation to CFK. You are responsible for making arrangements. Please drop off and pick up your child at the designated CFK drop off/pick up location each day. Please let us know if your child will ride an MTD bus so a CFK staff member can meet him or her at the bus stop.
Are scholarships available?
A limited number of scholarships are available for children who qualify for free or reduced lunch.

To apply complete the Scholarship Application and submit the form by email to communityeducation@parkland.edu or in person at 1315 North Mattis Avenue, Champaign, IL 61821.

Applications will be reviewed and those who are awarded a scholarship will be notified by email.

NOTE: scholarships are awarded for only one class each summer. Should you choose to enroll your child in more than one class, you will be responsible for paying for additional class(es) at the time of registration. There will not be any reimbursement for class(es) registered and paid for before a scholarship is awarded.