Kids’ Korner is a place for children to explore new interests, meet new friends, complete homework, participate in an enrichment club, run, play, and have some fun!
Our twelve state-licensed programs are conveniently located in Middletown Public Elementary Schools, Valley View (also serving Gildersleeve) in Portland, East Haddam Elementary School (also serving 4th and 5th grade Nathan Hale-Ray Middle School students) in Moodus (PM program only), Edna C. Stevens School and at Woodside Intermediate School (also serving CMS) in Cromwell.
For more than 30 years, YMCA Kids' Korner has been working in partnership with parents and local school systems to assure that children are safe and are having fun in a supervised, enriching program before and after school hours.
Kids' Korner is much more than just a great child care program. It's a wonderful way to extend the school day by exploring new interests, enjoying healthy recreational pursuits, engaging in enrichment activities and benefiting from academic support. And all the while, kids are making friends and having fun under the supervision of well-trained youth development professionals.
The YMCA is committed to serving all members of our community regardless of the ability to pay the full cost of services. As a result of support from the Middlesex United Way, The Peach Pit Foundation and our Annual Campaign at the Y offers families who earn under $80,000 fees based on a sliding scale. Please click here for our Open Doors Financial Assistance Application.
Kids' Korner Links
Fees & Registration
2019-2020 Registration Materials (please click each link below for forms)
Middletown, Cromwell, and Portland Schools
East Haddam Schools
If your child will need medication to be stored on site, a medication authorization form completed by a doctor is required. Medications must be given to staff in the original pharmacy container and be labeled with the child's name, name of medication, directions for medication administration and the date of the prescription.
Other Requested Forms
Complete all required paperwork above.
Return required paperwork with a deposit equal to two-weeks fees (based on the # of days enrolled). Deposit is applied to the last two weeks enrollment in current school year. Mail to YMCA, 99 Union Street, Middletown CT 06457 or drop off at the YMCA.
Participants who have a delinquent balance from another Y program, such as camp or preschool, will not be allowed to register for Kids' Korner until their outstanding balance is paid in full.
After 8/13/2019, no changes to enrollment will be accepted to your child’s schedule until October 1st. You are obligated to pay for the schedule you signed up for through September 30th. Beginning October 1st, cancellations and changes to enrollment must be submitted in writing ten business days in advance of the requested change/start date or the security deposit will be forfeited.
Participants who have delinquent balances in other Y programs, such as camp or preschool, will not be allowed to register for Kids Korner until their outstanding balance is paid in full.
Membership: YMCA membership is required to participate in Kids’ Korner. Membership may be paid monthly or annually. Monthly fees are $8.00 (individual) and $11.00 (family). Annual fees are $80 plus a $10 enrollment fee (individual) and $110 plus a $10 enrollment fee (family).
2019-2020 Daily Fee Schedule
Family Program $110.00 or $11.00 a month
Individual Program $80.00 or $8.00 a month
Complimentary Program Membership Enrolled 5 days am and pm
Enrollment Fee $10.00 New Members Only
Open Doors Assistance
Thanks to the United Way and the generous donations of friends of the Y, the YMCA Open Doors Program provides assistance to families who earn under $80,000 a year. For information please call 860-347-6907 or 860-343-6218.
Curriculum & Monthly Themes
Your kids will enjoy and benefit from the following activities:
Afterschool Kidzlit Program
Older Youth Clubs for 4th-5th graders
Arts and Crafts
Hands-on Activity Centers
Sports and Active Play
CATCH Kids Club Fitness and Nutrition Program
Interest Driven Enrichment Clubs
Community Service Projects
Linkages to learning in fun and exciting ways
Emphasis on the development of social skills
Monthly Themes: Each month children have an opportunity to explore a different fun learning theme. Programs plan a wide variety of activities including active games, arts and crafts, special clubs and events that link with the theme of the month.
Multicultural Themes: Each month children learn about a different culture through group discussion, literacy, cooking, art, games and special events with special focus on the cultural traditions of our YMCA families.
Enrichment Clubs: During the school year there are a wide variety of club choices such as cooking, science, fitness, art, sports, and drama and many more. Club topics are determined based on the results of interest inventories completed by children in the fall and winter months.
Active Play and Free Choice: Children have opportunities to engage in active play and free choice activities both indoors and outdoors each day. There are a variety of group games, free play time, and special sports clubs that keep children physically active. Activity centers such as games, drama, art, blocks, reading, and music promote small group and individual play during downtime.
Community Service: Kids’ Korner participants give back in many ways to the community. Service projects such as food drives, penny wars, clothing drives, art from the heart, and mathathons are just some of the projects completed by Kids' Korner programs.
Inclement Weather Policy
Cromwell sites will open at 7:30am
Middletown sites will open at 9:00am
Valley View site will open at 8:00am
Only children registered for the AM program will be accepted for school delays.
Cromwell sites will open when school closes and will remain open until 5:00pm.
Middletown sites will open when school closes and will remain open until 4:00pm.
Valley View site will open when school closes and will remain open until 3:00pm.
East Haddam site will CLOSE if there is an early dismissal OR afternoon activities are cancelled.
Only children registered for the PM program will be accepted for early closings.
If school is closed due to inclement weather, a Snow Day Program will be held at the YMCA from 7:30am to 5:30pm. Advance registration is required, and can only be taken at the YMCA. No deposit is required; you will be billed $55.00 per Snow Day on your Kids’ Korner bill. Once your child’s registration has been received at the YMCA, you will receive a confirmation letter or a notice that you are on the wait list. If your child is registered for the Snow Day program and will not be attending, you must call 343-6224 or 343-6247 at the YMCA before 8:00am or you will be charged for the day.
Snow Day registration is for current Kids' Korner families and is limited to the first 80 children to enroll.
Snow Day Program Closings and Delays:
If school is cancelled, please call 860-347-6907 to confirm that the YMCA is open.
If the YMCA has a delayed opening of 9:00am or earlier the Snow Day program will start at 9:00am.
If the YMCA has a delayed opening later than 9:00am, the Snow Day program will be cancelled.
If the YMCA is closed, the Snow Day program is cancelled.
Typical Snow Day Schedule at Middlesex YMCA:
Snow days will be relaxed and flexible. Please be prepared for changes in the schedule.
Kids' Korner Staff
Kids' Korner Site Information
Please click here to review the YMCA of the USA's Child Abuse Prevention Code of Conduct.
All staff who work in YMCA Kids' Korner programs receive a DCF and criminal background check. Staff are chosen to work in our programs based on their ability to be a positive role model for children.