ESP and REAL Program

The Extended School Program (ESP) and the Recreation Enrichment and Learning Program (REAL) offer affordable, high-quality childcare. Each year students must reapply to be accepted into the programs.  

A limited number of scholarships are available per site. Fill out and return the income eligibility form on Parks policies page to apply for a scholarship.

Please call about current availability at any of our sites. 


2019-2020 ESP Application

2019-2020 REAL Application

Open registration for the 2020 – 2021 school year for both ESP and REAL will begin on July 6, 2020. Do not turn in the applications before then.

ESP and REAL 2020-2021 school year applications will be released in May. 

2020-2021 ESP Early Bird Application

2020-2021 REAL Early Bird Application

Extended School Program (ESP)

The Extended School Program is currently offered at the following elementary schools: Athens-Chilesburg, Garrett Morgan, Julius Marks, Maxwell, Northern, Stonewall and Mary Todd, Yates and The Academy at Millcreek.

ESP is regulated by the Kentucky Administrative Regulations and adheres to strict staff to student ratios. All site personnel receives in-service training and all staff must receive required health tests and pass criminal background checks.

Staff plan daily activities for students and coordinate curriculum with each school’s principals and teachers. The activities offered include homework assistance along with recreation and leisure activities. 

    Recreation Enrichment and Learning Program (REAL)

    The Recreation Enrichment and Learning Program is a fully-licensed after-school program for middle-school students. The program is currently offered at the following middle schools:  Edith J. Hayes and Jessie Clark.

    Like ESP, the REAL program is affordable, maintains a low staff-to-student ratio and offers a range of both recreational and educational activities for students. Also, REAL program staff must receive training, required health tests and a criminal background check. 

    Both the ESP and the REAL program are partnerships between the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government and the Fayette County Public School system.

    Holidays and other closings

    ESP and REAL will be closed on all holidays observed by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government and will not prorate for federal holidays. The program is closed on the following days:

    • New Year's Eve and New Year's Day (as observed by the LFUCG calendar)
    • Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
    • President's Day 
    • Labor Day
    • Memorial Day 
    • Fourth of July 
    • Thanksgiving holidays (including the day before and after Thanksgiving) 
    • Dec. 24 (as reflected by the LFUCG calendar) 
    • Christmas Day (as observed by the LFUCG calendar)

    Other closings

    The programs will be closed between the end of the school calendar and the start of summer camp for employee training.

    ESP Full day, winter and spring break programming is offered at select sites. Full day registration is the responsibility of the family. Advance registration is required for all full day programming. 

    The REAL Program does not offer full day programming.

    Snow days
    In the event of snow-related school closings, ESP will offer the option to attend Maxwell, Stonewall, and Athens Chilsburg Elementary from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. weather permitting. Students who use the snow day program will be charged a $10 fee on their weekly tuition. Parents/guardians will need to provide children with a sack lunch on snow days. 

    The REAL program is not open on snow days. 

    In the event of early dismissal, ESP will operate at each site for 3 hours at elementary schools and two hours at REAL programs. 

    Cancellation on snow days will be relayed through RainedOut, on Parks Facebook and Twitter, and on local news channels. 

    Cost and payment information

    Registration fees

    A $20 registration fee is due with each child's application for the school year. The maximum registration fee per family is $40. 

    Weekly fees (per student)

    • Full-time (3 – 5 days/week) | 2:35/3:15 p.m. dismissal | $60 per student
    • Part-time (1 – 2 days/week) | 2:35/3:15 p.m. dismissal | $35 per student
    • Full day when added to the weekly fee is $15 (this includes activity fee) 
    • Full day when weekly fee is not charged is $27 (this includes activity fee)

    ESP does not accept cash at sites. All weekly fees are charged Monday. We accept personal checks and money orders (payable to Parks & Recreation) at the sites. Please give your payments to the ESP site director or program assistant. Credit card payments can be made at

    A late fee of $15 is assessed to all accounts where payment is not received by 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

    Late Pick Up

    Any child picked up after 6 p.m. will have a late charge added to the account. Therefore, at 6:05 p.m., $5 will be charged with another $5 charged for every five minutes after that. By 6:30 p.m., the Lexington Police Department will be notified. Please keep your weekly fees current. Your child will lose their spot in the program due to a delinquent account.

    If withdrawing from the program, a written notice must be submitted to the ESP site two weeks prior to a child’s last day of attendance. Re-entry into the program at a later time will be available only if space permits. If you drop the program without adequate notice, your account will be charged accordingly and you will not be able to re-enroll until this is paid. Any check returned for insufficient funds will be noted in your account and handled by the LFUCG legal department and will include additional fees.

    There will be an additional cost for full-day sessions (records, conference, and snow days) for all schools. This fee includes breakfast and snack. This charge will cover costs associated with field trip transportation and admission. Spring break camps will be offered during the break. Enrollment in the full days is optional. Parents will receive information on each full-day program and camps (at minimum) two weeks in advance of the full day. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to find out and sign your child up for the full days. The weekly fee will not be pro-rated due to non-attendance of a full day. There is no daily rate or drop-in rate.


    MyProcare is an online portal where you can access account information and easily pay tuition. MyProcare is safe, secure, and created with your convenience in mind. It uses the email that you submitted on your application. If you are unsure of the email you have given, please check with your Site Director or call the ESP main office. 

    Login to MyProcare

    2019 – 2020 school year parent satisfaction survey coming soon!

    ESP Summer Fun Camp

    Applications will be posted April 6. The Extended School Program (ESP) Summer Fun Camp is a fun and exciting program designed to provide opportunities in recreation, leisure activities, educational components and positive social interaction.

    REAL Summer Fun Camp

    Applications will be posted April 6. The Recreation Enrichment and Learning (REAL) Summer Fun Camp is a cooperative venture between Fayette County Public Schools and Lexington Parks & Recreation to offer summer programming to middle-school-aged children.