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Kidstown Before + After School Care

Kidstown is back, providing before + after-school care this fall!

Monday-Friday | K-5th grades

Kidstown Quick Links: Program Details | Rates | Discounts | Transportation | Policies

What You Get This Fall:

  • NEW: Swim with Kidstown! Once a week kids in Kidstown will swim in our indoor pool.
  • Flexibility: Give us 24-hour notice and, as long as we have room, your kids are welcome to Kidstown. Everyone is welcome!
  • Free busing if you live on Mercer Island. Mercer Island School District picks up before school and drops off after school at the J.
  • Same care. We are excited to bring back our long-standing before- and after-school program, providing fun and educational programs, run by caring staff members.
  • Coordination with enrichment classes and swim lessons: Kidstown staff shuttles kids to and from classes and swim lessons.
  • Kidstown is a special place at the J where children thrive in a safe and engaging environment before and after school. We supplement your child’s day with educational games, arts + crafts, homework help, and recreational activities in a warm, inviting space.
  • DISCOUNTS: Get early bird and sibling discounts!

Join us this fall at Kidstown! Registration is now open.

Register now

Program Details


Fall 2021 Kidstown Dates
Weekdays, September 1- December 17, except for specified holidays (listed below)

Morning Care
Monday-Friday | 7-9 am

Afternoon Care
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday | 4-6:30 pm
Wednesday | 2:30-6:30 pm

2021-22 Pre-Class Care
Pre-class care is available for children to attend enrichment or swim lessons that start at 5 pm and only need care before class.

Kidstown Closures – Fall 2021
Sept. 7 – Closed for Rosh Hashanah
Sept. 8 – Closed for Rosh Hashanah
Sept. 15 – Closes at 3pm
Sept. 16 – Closed for Yom Kippur
Nov. 25-26 – Closed for Thanksgiving


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

Morning Care

Days Per WeekMember PriceGuest Price
One Day/Week$110$130
Two Days/Week$180$210
Three Days/Week$230$275
Four Days/Week$275$320
Five Days/Week$310$365
Full Time (Five mornings + afternoons)$685$720

Afternoon Care

Days Per WeekMember PriceGuest Price
One Day/Week$120$140
Two Days/Week$205$240
Three Days/Week$280$325
Four Days/Week$345$395
Wednesday afternoon or early release day, add-on to above packages:Add $12 Add $15
Five Days/Week$410$465
Full Time (Five mornings + afternoons)$685$720

Drop-In Rates

  • Morning: Member – $30 | Guest – $35
  • Afternoon: Member – $34 | Guest – $40
  • Wednesday Afternoon: Member – $46 | Guest – $55
  • Must register at least 24 hours in advance.

2021-22 Pre-Class Care

  • $15 per day


Early Bird Discount – Save 15%

  • Must sign-up in advance for a minimum of three months.
  • Discount ends Aug. 20, 2021.

Sibling Discount – Save 10%

  • Sign-up a sibling and save 10%.

Join us this fall at Kidstown! Registration is now open.

Register now


If your child attends a Mercer Island School District school, they can take the bus to and from the J! Kidstown kids are picked up at the J in the mornings and brought to school for the start of the day. At the end of the day, kids take the bus to the J and our Kidstown staff will meet the buses for our Kidstown program. To sign-up for transportation, please fill out the Transportation Form here >>





Review the Kidstown Handbook >>

As with all our J Kids programs, Kidstown will be structured with COVID-19 protocols at the fore, including:

  • Daily screenings: every staff member and participant complete a brief health screening and temperature check before entering.
  • Masks are required. Please see the J’s mask policies here.
  • Physical distancing: activities will comply with COVID-19 guidelines.
  • Small cohorts: children will be assigned to a group for the week and will stay with that group for all camp activities.
  • Capacities: Both morning and afternoon sessions of Kidstown have capacities of how many students can be in the program at any one time. If you are not able to register becuase a timeslot is not available, we will place you on a wait list. You will be notified of this via email.
  • DROP-INS: For drop-in reservations, you must register 24 hours in advance and are only available if space is available.
  • Schedule Changes: If you need to change your schedule, please let us know 30 days in advance of the change.
  • This is not an inclusive list of all COVID-19 protocols at the J. Check out our Welcome Back page for full details of current policies and procedures, which apply to J Kids in addition to those listed here.

Travel Guidelines: The J is following the CDC’s travel guidelines. As of April 6, no post-travel quarantine is required for those who are fully vaccinated. If you have traveled out of town within the past 10 days, please review this chart to determine whether you are allowed to come to J.

  • “Fully vaccinated” is defined as being two weeks or more past the final dose of the vaccine (second shot for Pfizer or Moderna; first shot for Johnson & Johnson).
  • We ask members/guests to show their vaccination card (or a photo of it) to verify the date, but will not keep a list or a copy.
  • Anyone who has not been fully vaccinated (including having had only the first of two shots or is less than two weeks out from the last shot) must either quarantine for 7 days and have a negative PCR test at day 3-5 OR quarantine for 10 days without a test before returning after travel.

Kidstown will strictly adhere to COVID-19 protocols while also preserving the J’s spirit of a warm, welcoming community, focused on kindness, compassion, and active days. We can’t wait to see you here for another great year of Kidstown!


Contact Samantha Hagen, Youth + Recreation Programs Director via email at or call 206-388-1991.

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