With the start of school on the horizon, after school care options for school aged children is something a lot of parents are considering. And it happens to be one of the Resources we need to add to our site! So if you’re a local parent considering options for the upcoming school year, here’s a list of local businesses that are offering some options. You’ll always be able to find a full list here in our Resources section.

Ed Advance: This program offers before and after school programs throughout Western Connecticut in your child’s school. Newtown, Brookfield (PM only), and New Fairfield all have programs at their schools. The program in Newtown includes all 4 elementary schools, Reed, and Newtown Middle School.

Educational Playcare: Located within the Head of Meadow school district, this new center offers after school care for grade K-6. You can read about their Owls Program here. Call here for information on busing from local schools.

Kindercare: Serving children ages 5 – 12, Kindercare’s Catch the Wave program includes before & after school care. Children are bussed to and from all Bethel elementary schools, Head of Meadow Elementary, Hawley Elementary, and Reed Intermediate.

The Children’s Adventure Center offers before and after school care for Kindergarteners and First Graders. Tuition is based on a sliding scale dependent on the number of hours with the center open from 7AM – 6PM.

Misty Morning Children’s Center runs a before & after school program for Hawley Elementary students in grades K – 4. Hours are 7AM – 6PM with bus pick-up & drop off at the center.

Newtown Youth Academy offers an after school gym from 4PM to 6PM for Reed students. The program is offered on Tuesdays & Thursdays with 4 sessions running throughout the year.

This year, Main Street Adventures is offering an after-school program for Middle Gate Elementary students. Children will be bussed from Middle Gate with pick-up by 6PM. Late pick-up is also available for an additional fee.

The Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut also offers after school programs for Bethel, Brookfield, and some Danbury elementary schools. Visit here for further details and how to contact the Y directly.

If you prefer to have your children watched at home by a baby-sitter, check out the following Facebook pages as I’ve seen many posts lately looking for after school help:

Newtown Sitters
Newtown CT Working Moms
University Sitters – Fairfield County

Early Dismissal Help: Early dismissals, although necessary for parent/teacher conferences and continuing education for teachers, provide additional obstacles working parents have to address. In addition to many of the programs above providing options for early dismissals, snow days, and days off, here are a few spots that have already announced plans for the 2019/2020 school year:

EverWonder Museum has programs for all of the 2 and 3 hour early dismissals in this year’s Newtown calendar. You need to pre-register and pick-up by 5PM. Click here for the details.

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