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Financial Assistance

All teens at The ARK attend without any cost. In fact, most are paid up to $15/hr. through apprenticeship and internship opportunities. For youth 7-12 years of age, we offer several financial solutions for families in need of assistance.

Please view those options below: 

Illinois Action for Children

Illinois Action for Children is a state-based program that has provided over $350,000 in state funding to help families in need of child care for programs such as Early Childhood, Before & After School, and Day Camp. To learn more about Illinois Action for Children, click here.

Please review the income guidelines to make sure you qualify before proceeding with the application. Income guidelines only pertain to funding through Illinois Action for Children and are separate from ARK financial assistance guidelines.

ARK Financial Assistance


Fee Assistance helps offset a portion of program fees and is made possible through The ARK and the generosity of donors. Fee Assistance is awarded on a first received, first completed basis, and is based on financial need and available funds. 


To apply, email us at

Program Cost



              AFTER SCHOOL      $19/Half Day                     
                SUMMER CAMP     $37/Full Day                        
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