Covid 19

School Day Childcare and Camps

Most children in the Burlington School District will attend school on two days a week, with three days off for remote learning or other activities. The list below is an an effort to connect parents with possible child care options or school day programming. Check back often as the site will be updated regularly with new information. If you are offering childcare or programming for school age children while the school is operating on a hybrid model and would like to be listed please email Rebecca Reese at rreese@burlingtonvt.gov to be added to the website.

If you love working with kids and are looking for seasonal work this fall, please see this post for job opportunities with the City of Burlington Parks, Recreation and Waterfront Department.


Sara Holbrook Community Center

The Sara Holbrook Community Center will be offering Elementary Childcare for SA and IAA students from 9:00am-4:00pm on the days they are not in person at school ( alternating Wednesday). We will be supporting remote learning as well as offering enriching activities and experiences during the day. Our Teen Center, at the Miller Center, will be open 11:00am-8:00pm to students to come and work on schoolwork, have homework help, and get involved in our exciting daily activities.

Contact:

Melissa Pennington

Email: mpennington@saraholbrookcc.org

Phone: 802-862-6342

 

Burlington City Arts

BCA is offering in-person youth programming at BCA Studios during the fall. These once-a-week, four-week-long sessions are designed to help students stay busy and support parents during a unique back-to-school season. Following a successful run of summer camps this year, BCA is extending three programs–Studio Art, Pottery, and Darkroom Photo–with four options each. All sessions will run Mondays or Wednesdays from 8 am-3 pm. Spots are very limited and may go fast. We encourage parents to apply for scholarships and/or add themselves to a waitlist if a class is full. With a robust waitlist, we may be able to add another pod of kids. Like our summer camp protocols, BCA is following the most recent and strict health guidelines to keep our students, staff, and families as safe as possible. There will be no mixing of children with other BCA groups, and outdoor activities will be incorporated. Please note that aftercare is not available. Link to Registration.

Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront 

Drop in fun! No Registration Required!

Have your children attend one of our free parks programs running September 14th to October 16th. They will enjoy two hours of supervised, safe fun. Have your child bring a water bottle, good walking shoes, a mask, and a snack. We will bring the fun and entertainment! We will have a check-in station and do basic health screenings. Adult caregivers are not required to stay, but must check their children in. Designed for K-5. 

Starr Farm Park
Theme: Outdoor skills and fun
Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri
10:45am-12:45pm

Schmanska Park
Theme: Trike race tracks and park fun
Mon, Tues, Fri
2:00pm-4:00pm

Roosevelt Park
Join the Y for fun activities in the park
Mon, Tues, Fri
1:00pm-3:00pm

ONE Arts Center

The ONE Arts Center is offering programming for kids in elementary school daily. We can have up to 9 kids in our space. We offer a 9-1 session M, T, Th, and F as well as a 9-5 Wednesday option. We also offer after school art for kids who attend SA and IAA on M, T, Th, and F. We pick up kids after school and walk them to the art center.

Contact:

Becca McHale

Email: oneartscollective@gmail.com

 

YMCA

Y School Age Program at St. Marks in Burlington opening in October. During the increased number of hours that children are not in school, the Y can offer a safe, welcoming, and supportive place for them to learn and have fun.

Full Day options, Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:30pm

Our school age program will:

  • Offer a place where children can complete their remote work with educators.
  • Support and further their learning. 
  • Engage them in fun, hands-on inquiry-based learning through play, STEAM activities, and peer interactions.

We have limited spots available to first come, first served and families must sign up for the same days each week. The cost is $65/day. This program will be eligible for state subsidy for qualifying families, significantly reducing out-of-pocket costs. Register here.

Contact:

Katelyn Irwin

Email: kirwin@gbymca.org

 

King St Center

We are offering programming for our licensed K-5 program on remote learning days, so M,Th or T,F with each group being able to attend every other Wednesday. Programming will include help with accessing remote classes and academic support as well as recreation, enrichment, and community-building activities.Our hours will be 9:00-3:00 and the fee is $125/week. We accept childcare subsidy and there is also a sliding scale fee based on income. We serve lunch and snack in our partnership with the Burlington School Food Project. Information on the school day program will be on the website soon, and folks can get the application materials there, or alternatively they can pick up an application at the center.

Contact:

Dacia Ostlund

Email: dostlund@kingstreetcenter.org

 

Very Merry Theater

We are offering pay by the day theater arts programming on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Each class is unique and not continuous so you can choose what day works best with your schedule. Hours are 9:30-11:30 for grades K-3 and 12:00-2:30 for grades 4-6. Pre-registration is required on our website.

Contact:

Don Wright

Email: don@verymerrytheatre.org

 

ECHO

The first session of ECHO Virtual STEM Academy starts the week of September 21. Classes are standards-aligned, one-day-per-week, 6-week learning sequences for K/1st, 2nd/3rd, and 4th/5th grade students and designed to support students enrolled in hybrid school programs/homeschoolers/at-home learning pods. It includes a live science lesson in the morning (recording available immediately afterwards); at-home lesson plans; and facilitated small group sessions in the afternoon. The program is purposefully low-cost ($30 for ECHO members and $45 for non-members for the full 6-week session). Beyond direct registrants, we plan to offer this program content for free to child care hubs and teachers. We would not be able to run small group breakout sessions for these stakeholders but could train teachers and counselors to run these reflection sessions themselves and will be preparing facilitator guides each week. Click here to see further information.

ECHO Care & Enrichment is a one day a week care program for children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade. It will offer enriching hands-on STEM activities, supported learning time for school assigned work, and access to the museum exhibits and live animals. This fall, there will be three different four-week sessions offered with a Tuesday or a Thursday option to choose from. Learn more about the program here.

Wingspan Academy

An integrated Arts & French Learning Center in Burlington's South End. Wingspan is working to create flexible options and safe, supportive programs for your children as we launch into an unprecedented start of the school year. Check our website (link above) and Facebook Page for evolving details.

  • We are expanding capacity to offer in person programming Monday-Friday, 8 am-3 pm. Full or half day option for students.
  • Private tutoring is available in-person or via Zoom in French, English, Social Studies
  • Semester Long FRArt Classes via Zoom start next week (FRArt is immersion French through art!)
  • Director, Maggie Standley, is a licensed educator and able to offer pre-arranged courses to count for school credit. See more info here.

Contact:
Director, Maggie Standley
Email: maggiestandley@gmail.com 
Phone: 802-233-7676 (text or call)

 

Petra Cliffs

See website for more info.