Here are several relatively low-cost child care and summer programs for kids of all ages. Families are welcome regardless of documentation.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Ulster County, email@example.com. Open to ages 6-18, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 139 Greenkill Ave., Kingston (845-338-8666) and 45 Partition St., Saugerties, 845-246-7671, 914-388-4020. Both sites have a full-sized gym, art room, educational learning center, kitchen, game room and teen room. Membership is $10 per year; youth unable to pay may work off the fee. Application required.
Center 4 Creative Education, 15 Railroad Ave., Kingston, 845-338-7664, or email executive director “Drew” Andrews, firstname.lastname@example.org, hosts a Summer Arts Enrichment program for ages 6-13, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, $150 per week. Scholarships available. Apply here.
Camp Starfish is held at the Y in Kingston for students entering kindergarten through grade 5, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Camp tuition ($175 per week) includes lunch and snacks. There are also day camps in Shokan, New Paltz, and Port Ewen. The Y also offers: swim lessons for all ages. (Classes are usually one half hour per week for five weeks, $71 and up.); bicycling programs; and a two-week summer rowing program for ages 12 and up.
Hudson Valley Writing Project, email@example.com or 845-257-2836, hosts Young Writers Programs, online workshops led by some of the region’s best teachers. These are opportunities to write and connect in welcoming and supportive settings. Summer programs for ages 8-17; tuition assistance available.
ABCD (Agri-Business Child Development) cares for children of agricultural and food workers along with other community members. New Paltz: 355 Route 32 North; 845-255-7571 (both English and Spanish); Rebecca Pisciotta, director; Kingston: 6 Adams Street, 845-481-4691; Flor Espinosa Araque, director.
ABCD centers offer full-day bilingual, culturally diverse programs for infants (8 weeks and up), toddlers, and pre-schoolers. They have recently added programs for kindergartners through age 12 at the New Paltz site. Every enrolled child receives age appropriate physicals and screenings. Nutritious breakfasts, lunches, and snacks are included, and children are encouraged to develop healthy eating habits and broaden their food experiences.
ABCD centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and are licensed by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services. Discounts up to full tuition are available, see eligibility requirements.
Family outreach workers and teachers at public schools often have information on programs with space.
Day Care Unit, Ulster County Social Services Dept., offers financial aid to low-income families, teen parents, and foster parents who are working and meet income guidelines. 845-334-5489, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Family of Woodstock makes referrals and offers information on financial aid for quality child care programs. Complete request form; call, 845-331-7080, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neighbors Link and Ossining Basics are offering virtual sessions for children up to age five and parenting classes covering children of all ages. For details, call Kelly Martinez at 914-666-3410 or email email@example.com.
The Events section on UIDN’s Facebook page often features virtual activities that can extend kids’ learning and provide some fun. See it here.