Families are trying to get back to work. Students are struggling with complicated learning schedules some virtual, in-person, or a combination. Here are several relatively low-cost full-day child care and learning support programs plus before- and after-school programs. They welcome families regardless of documentation.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Ulster County are open weekdays at 139 Greenkill Ave., Kingston, 845-338-8666, and  45 Partition St., Saugerties, 845-246-7671, 914-388-4020. info@bgclubsulstercounty.org.

  • Club membership is open to all youth 8-18. Due to the pandemic, the Kingston Club has expanded its hours and is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for ages 8-13 and noon to 6 p.m. for ages 14 and up. The Saugerties club is open 2:30 to 8 p.m. 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.
  • Saugerties After School Extension Programs, grades K-5, at Mount Marion, Grant D. Morse, and Riccardi elementary schools. These NYS-licensed programs follow the school calendar. The staff to youth ratio is 1 to 10. Programs begin at the end of  the school day and run util 6 p.m. Snacks are provided. First child, $200 per month; $175 for each additional child. Call 914-388-4020 for details.

Center 4 Creative Education, 15 Railroad Ave., Kingston, 845-338-7664, or email executive director “Drew” Andrews,  bandrews@cce4me.org, hosts Project ACCESS a free school-day program for Kingston area K-7 students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.

This safe learning environment includes food, fun, tech devices, tutors and other caring adults, wifi, and arts enrichment. Support is available for students with IEP’s or 504 plans. Instruction is live and recorded and aligned with NYS Standards using Kingston Central Schools’ plans. School day application. A 3-6 p.m. after care program is $40 a week. After care application; scholarship request.

YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County, 845-338-3810, ext. 122, or email Caitlin Rooney, CRooney@ymcaulster.org, or Jhaunelle Anderson, JAnderson@ymcaulster.org.

  • Drop In Academy at the YMCA, 507 Broadway, Kingston, grades K-6. No reservations: first come, first served. School-day program, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. First child, $25; second child, $22. Full-day program, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. First child, $40; second child, $35. Bring your own school supplies, laptop or tablet, headphones, face mask, snacks, lunch, water, and clothing for outdoor play.
  • School-based academies, Edson Elementary, 116 Merilina Ave., Kingston, and Lenape Elementary, 1 Eugene L. Brown Dr., New Paltz. 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lenape only: pre- (7 to 9 a.m.) and post-care (3 to 6 p.m.) programs. Ellenville Elementary, 28 Maple Ave., 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. or noon to 5 p.m. Application. Monthly fees are based on time and number of days.

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.

Hudson Valley Writing Project, hvwp@newpaltz.edu or 845-257-2836, hosts Young Writers Programs, online workshops led by some of the region’s best teachers provide opportunities to write and connect in welcoming, supportive settings. Currently scheduled: FRESH VOICES: Using Images and Words to Explore the World for ages 11-16, Tuesdays and Thursdays in May, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. $195, tuition assistance available. Info on summer programs coming soon.

Help with care costs

Ulster County’s Project Resilience Child Care Initiative has funds for child care subsidies. Families who meet income requirements can have 75% of their child care costs funded by the Dept. of Social Services for six weeks.

The program is geared towards children ages 5-13 to help families while local schools are doing remote instruction. To begin the application process, call the Recovery Service Center, 845-443-8888. Spanish-speaking agents cover the phones full time, Monday through Friday.

Photo, YMCA of Kingston & Ulster County

Additional resources

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 cccouncil@familyofwoodstockinc.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 Becky, 914-752-3556. or RSussman@neighborslink.org.

The Events section on UIDN’s Facebook page often features virtual activities that can extend kids’ learning and provide some fun. See it here.