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 several 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.

Neighbors Link and Ossining Basics are offering virtual sessions for children up to age five and parenting classes covering children of all ages. Details: Becky, 914-666-3556 or RSussman@neighborslink.org.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Ulster County, 139 Greenkill Avenue, Kingston, 845-338-8666; and 45 Partition Street, Saugerties, info@bgclubsulstercounty.org, 845-246-7671, 914-388-4020. 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, bandrews@cce4me.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.

ABCD (Agri-Business Child Development) cares for children of agricultural and food workers along with other community members throughout the state. New Paltz ABCD is at 355 Route 32 North; 845-255-7571 (both English and Spanish); Rebecca Pisciotta, director; hours: 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Also in Kingston at 6 Adams Street.; 845-481-4691; Flor Espinosa Araque, director.

ABCD centers offer 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.

Photo, YMCA of Kingston & Ulster County

Additional resources

Contact a family outreach or ELL teacher at a public school. They often have information on programs with space.

The 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. Call 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., Mon. through Fri.; or email cccouncil@familyofwoodstockinc.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.

Temporary financial help with child 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.