The J’s before and after school care program is a town just for kids in kindergarten to 5th grade.

In Kidstown we believe that children thrive in a safe and engaging environment. Our dedicated staff connects with each child by encouraging high self-esteem, healthy lifestyles, and positive social interactions. There’s always something fun in Kidstown!

Register now for the 2019-20 school year

At Kidstown, you’ll find:

  • NEW! Kids City, an area just for 3rd-5th graders! (available during peak hours)
  • Transportation: Buses from all four Mercer Island Elementary Schools pick kids up in the morning and drop them off in the afternoon.
  • Community: We welcome a community of students and counselors to come together and learn.
  • Flexibility: Our monthly scheduling gives parents the flexibility they need as after-school activities change through the school year.
  • Dedicated staff: Our counselors come from our community and make real connections with our low child-to-staff ratios.
  • Homework help: Our counselors and staff assist with small group work and individualized instructions that allow children to learn and expand on the knowledge gained in the classroom.
  • Exploration: Games, sports, art, and curiosity. There are always new connections to be made, and fun to be had.

For more information, email Kidstown Coordinator Vance Snelson or call 206-829-2668.

Review the Kidstown handbook at left.  Please note, if you decide to cancel your Kidstown enrollment for any reason, we require 30 days’ notice.

Kidstown Details

Hours & Calendar

Morning Care
Monday-Friday, 7-9 am

Afternoon Care
Monday-Friday, 4-6:30 pm
Extended Wednesdays, 2-6:30 pm

Schedule Revisions

Current Kidstown families can use the form below to revise their child’s monthly schedule and add pick-up permissions. Changes must be submitted before the next monthly billing cycle. This form is required to make changes to a child’s schedule, and may not be substituted with other forms of communication.

2019-20 Rates

All rates listed below are monthly. 
If you decide to cancel your Kidstown enrollment for any reason, we require 30 days’ notice.

Morning Care Rates

Days Per Week Member Guest
One Day/Week $100 $120
Two Days/Week $180 $205
Three Days/Week $245 $290
Four Days/Week $290 $335
Five Days/Week $300 $360


Afternoon Care Rates

Days Per Week Member Guest
One Day/Week $120 $140
Two Days/Week $200 $240
Three Days/Week $285 $335
Four Days/Week $360 $420
Five Days/Week $415 $490
Early Release Fee* $12/visit $15/visit

*Early Release Fee
If your child attends Kidstown during a Wednesday early release day, or a Mercer Island School District half-day, you will be billed an additional fee for each expected visit. French American School and Jewish Day School students will have this fee added to each visit due to their earlier release time.

Full-Time Rates

Five days a week, mornings and afternoons: $615/month

Full-time care requires an established SJCC family membership. If you are not yet an SJCC member, please email Account Services Manager Beth Rosen or call 206-388-1995 to start your membership today and receive member pricing for Kidstown and all SJCC programming.

NEW! After School Plus

This new care option is for families who need extra care along with their After School classes. If your child is registered for an After School class at the SJCC, you can purchase after-class care for the fall, winter, or spring sessions. Students who sign-up will attend Kidstown/Kids City for the remainder of the afternoon until pick-up.

To sign-up, please contact Vance Snelson.

Days Member Price Guest Price
M, T, Th, F
$75 per class per session $90 per class per session
Wednesday Early Release
$215 per class per session $250 per class per session

Payment Information

Please make sure to submit your payment information through the form below. Your Kidstown registration is not complete until we have received payment information.


We also offer a drop-in option for families that need care during normal Kidstown hours, but not on a regular basis. You can hit the gym, run errands, or just take a break while your kids get to experience the full line-up of Kidstown programming before or after school.

You must fill out the Kidstown registration form and payment information before you can reserve a drop-in spot.

Reservations required 24 hours in advance; email Kidstown Coordinator Vance Snelson, to reserve your spot.

2019-20 Drop-In Rates

Day Available Hours Member Guest
Mornings 7-9am $30 $35
Afternoons (M, T, Th, F) 4-6:30 pm $34 $40
Wednesday afternoon early release fee
(added to regular afternoon drop-in rate) 
2-6:30 pm $12 $15


Late Policy

You will be charged $1 per minute if your child is picked up after the designated pick-up time. If you are going to be late due to extenuating circumstances, please notify the Kidstown manager. After the third occurrence of a late pick up, you will be charged $20 for the first 10 minutes, then another $1 per minute for every additional minute. Any incurred fee will be charged to your credit card on file.

Financial Assistance

A limited number of scholarships are available. Please email SJCC Registrar Beth Rosen or call 206-388-1995 with questions.

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