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Children's Programs at General Assembly

On April 13, 2020, the UUA Board of Trustees passed a resolution to make the 2020 General Assembly a 100% virtual event. This decision alleviates the anxiety and concern shared by many about how GA might proceed given the impact of COVID-19. As GA 2020 will take place online, Childrens Programs will not be offered. We anticipate offering Childrens Programs in 2021, when we meet again in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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.

Children's Programs

For parents who need child care, two Children's Programs are available. Advance registration is required and space is limited. Space is limited. 

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 Day Camp

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 Day Camp on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday during GA. The registration fee includes lunch and snacks. Staff are unable to dispense medications.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. 

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).

A family dances together in the aisle of the main hall, during worship

General Assembly 2019 in Spokane, WA

A young girl with brown curly hair is pictured wearing purple sneakers and a yellow Stand With Love campaign t-shirt.

A young attendee at General Assembly 2018.

A singing audience includes a purple-haired mother holding an infant, and a bearded man holding a toddler.

There is a dedicated family area in the general session hall which includes space for toddlers. A dedicated nursing mothers' area will be designated in the Program Book.