After-School Program For Grades K-6

///After-School Program For Grades K-6
After-School Program For Grades K-6 2020-07-24T14:44:39-04:00
Kids Unplugged! (Grades K-6)

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! Our full year program is joined by additional friends who are enrolled in the Spring Only option for the last 8 weeks of spring.

Some activities are mixed age group and others are divided by age.


Please see the full FAQ HERE for the 2020 – 2021 program season.


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. We have one teacher and one counselor for every 12 children (1:6 ratio), plus a program manager who is on site during all program hours.


Note: Transportation is NOT available for the 2020 – 2021 program. 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.


Limited financial aid is available to qualified applicants from any town. Apply online HERE.

2020 – 2021 Full School Year Session: September – June

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and/or Thursdays from 3:15 – 5:30. Children may attend one, two, or three days per week.

$520 annually (approx $15 per class). Payment plan available.

Spring 2021 (9 weeks)

We have not yet determined if we will be able to take new enrollments for Spring 2021.


Kids Unplugged Cancellation policy

The deposit ($120) is not refundable. Tuition is not refundable for the month in which the cancellation is received, but is refundable (or, autobilling can be cancelled for) all months following the cancellation notice. This applies to cancellations received anytime during the month.

2020 – 2021 note: refunds will not be issued if we need to move to virtual engagement due to Covid-19. See the FAQ for more information.


Questions? Call Rebecca Holcombe at 203-389-4333 x 1213 or email