Families are trying to get back to work. Students are struggling with complicated learning schedules some virtual, some in-person, many a combination. Here are some relatively low-cost child care programs including some that support learning during the school day, plus before- and after-school programs. They welcome families regardless of documentation.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Ulster County, 139 Greenkill Avenue, Kingston, 845-338-8666; and 45 Partition Street, Saugerties, 845-246-7671 or 914-388-4020. Info@bgclubsulstercounty.org. Open weekdays.
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 Avenue, Kingston; 845-338-7664; email Bryant “Drew” Andrews, executive director, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project ACCESS is 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, 507 Broadway, Kingston; 845-338-3810; email Cailin Rooney, CRooney@ymcaulster.org, or Jhaunelle Anderson, JAnderson@ymcaulster.org.
Drop In Academy at the Y, 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 Avenue, Kingston, and Lenape Elementary, 1 Eugene L. Brown Drive, New Paltz. 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Application. There are also pre- (7 to 9 a.m.) and post-care (3 to 6 p.m.) programs at Lenape only. Monthly fees are based on time and number of days.