Children's Programs at General Assembly
The General Assembly Planning Committee is committed to making the General Assembly (GA) a multigenerational experience and to making GA accessible and welcoming to families with children.
All children are welcome to attend GA events with their parents or guardians. Children who have not yet entered high school (or its equivalent) are welcome to attend GA events with their parents or guardians at no cost, but are still required to register.
For parents who need child care, two Children's Programs are available. Advance registration is required and space is limited. Children's Programs registration will be available March 1 - May 23.
Children's Programs are subsidized by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Please pay as you are able; the minimum fee per child is $55/day. Children may not participate in GA Children's Programs without a GA registered parent or guardian (though you may register the child first and parent later). Cancellations must be made to KiddieCorp prior to May 23 for a full refund. Cancellations made after that date will be subject to a 50% cancellation fee. Once the program has begun, no refunds will be issued.
Space is limited. Registrations received after April 30 will be subject to a $35 late fee.
Child Care Program
Daytime Child Care for infants (6 months) and children through age 10 will be offered during General Assembly. Children will remain on-site at a nearby hotel and be cared for by professional child care workers in a setting that provides both activities and quiet time.
Child Care hours are tailored to the GA schedule as much as possible and are subject to change. The registration fee includes lunch and snacks. Parents must furnish baby supplies baby food, or other special food.
Parents of 9 and 10-year olds: We often hear concerns from parents of children at the older end of the child care age range that, because child care goes from 6 months to 10 years, their kids are going to be treated as toddlers and will be bored. The staff to child ratios, however, result in specialized supervision of 6 to 11 month-olds, 1 and 2-year olds, 3 to 5-year olds, and 6 to 10-year olds. We have worked with our childcare provider for over ten years and they do a very good job of keeping the staff-to-child ratio high and the activities age-appropriate. They staff and plan based on the ages of children who enroll in the program, selecting specific activities once they know how many kids of which ages are attending.
Middle School Program
Middle School Program hours are tailored to the GA schedule as much as possible and are subject to change.
Children who have completed grades 5 through 8, or the equivalent for home schooled youth (generally ages 11-14), may enroll in the Middle School Program on Wednesday or Sunday as single days, and/or the three-day Middle School Day Camp taking place Thursday, Friday, and Saturday during GA. The registration fee includes lunch and snacks. Staff are unable to dispense medications.
On Wednesday and Sunday, professional supervision and age appropriate activities will be offered within the hotel's meeting space.
The Middle School Day Camp will be headquartered at a nearby hotel but excursions to General Assembly events and other field trips may be part of the program. Parents are asked to enroll children who can participate fully in the three day camp and be present for the full arc of the camp experience. Katie Covey, Author and Religious Education (RE) Consultant, will return as Day Camp Director. Katie is a long time DRE known for innovative and engaging camps and curricula.
Child with Parent
There is no cost to register or cancel a child attending with a parent or guardian. By registering your child as a 'Child with Parent', you acknowledge that your child will remain under your constant supervision while attending General Assembly. No professional child care will be provided. Children may be registered by adding a Guest Child 0-14 to your adult registration (step 3 on the adult registration form).