Kids Unplugged! (ages 5 – 13)
Register online for Kids Unplugged HERE!
Get your child unplugged and outside, exploring nature, hiking, imagining, growing food, making friends, and having fun! Our activities follow the seasons and children have a choice of activities at each weekly class.
Fall is for hiking in West Rock Park, harvesting and cooking from the farm, caring for farm animals, and playing in the woods! We will build forts, hold chickens, have campfires, play games, and make home made pizza.
Winter is time for snowshoeing, building snow forts, following wild animal tracks in the snow, making maple syrup, cooking and baking in our teaching kitchen, and enjoying nature arts.
Springtime brings baby farm animals, wildflowers, and gardens to be planted! We will dig in the dirt, wade in streams, play and hike in the woods, care for baby chickens, and make new friends!
Activities include both structured and unstructured options, with teachers offering at least one activity choice each day as well as options for kid-led play and adventures. We know that children learn in many ways, and the goal of this program is to allow time to play, imagine, make friends, be physically active, and be in nature.
Group size: 18 children with three adult staff, assisted by high school student counselors. All of our activities are mixed age and welcome children ages 5 – 13 in the same group.
ABOUT THE STAFF
Our staff are experienced adult teachers and environmental educators who have significant experience with teaching and caring for children and having fun in nature! Our teachers are joined by high school counselors who are enthusiastic and valued program assistants.
Note: We do not know if free bus transportation will be available for the 2021 – 2022 program. We hope to have an update in August, 2021.
For children being dropped off by a caregiver (no bus), drop-off is anytime after 3:15 PM.
FREE bus transportation available from most New Haven Public Schools with a dismissal time between 2:50 – 3:30 PM.
FREE bus transportation may also be available from Wintergreen School, St. Bernadette, and St. Thomas.
Parents have also successfully arranged for private child taxi services (like Kiddie Kab or Piggyback Rides) to pick up their child from school and bring them to Common Ground. Private child taxis are usually about $15 per ride, or about $8 per child if you can find a friend or two to share the ride with.
A yellow school bus will pick up your child from school and transport to Common Ground. Parents must pick-up from Common Ground promptly at 5:30 PM – no return transportation is available. Children from any school (New Haven or any other town) are eligible to attend! If transportation is not offered from your child’s school you may drop off your child at Common Ground between 3:15 – 3:30 PM.
Financial aid is available to qualified applicants from any town. Apply online HERE.
2021 – 2022 School Year Schedule
Monday – Friday from 3:15 – 5:30. Children may attend any number and combination of days.
2021 – 2022 Tuition:
ONE day per week: $520 annually, paid in 5 installments of $104 each
TWO days per week: $1,040 annually, paid in 5 installments of $208 each
THREE days per week: $1,560 annually, paid in 5 installments of $312 each
FOUR days per week: $2,080 annually, paid in 5 installments of $416 each
FIVE days per week: $2,600 annually, paid in 5 installments of $520 each
Kids Unplugged Cancellation policy
Tuition is billed at the time of enrollment (typically August or September), and again on October 15, December 15, February 15, and April 15. Any remaining tuition payments will be cancelled at the time a program withdrawal is received. No refunds will be issued for classes that a child does not attend.
Questions? Call Rebecca Holcombe at 203-389-4333 x 1213 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.