Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located?
We are based in Washington, D.C. Many of our classes are in North West D.C., but
City Kids organizes classes all over the D.C. metro area.
What is the 2018 - 2019 schedule?
Tuesday: Times vary, but we usually start in the morning.
Wednesday: 11:30 - 2:30
Thursday: 11:30 - 2:30
City Kids Stories (Writing and Storytelling)
Friday: Times vary, but we usually start in the morning.
Other program scheduling details:
Exploring Arts: We have one EA trip for every World Cultures unit. They are always on
KID Museum workshop days are TBD during the year.
The Service Program is currently two to three times per semester.
For what ages are these classes appropriate?
For the 2019 - 2020 year, City Kids' classes will serve kids 9-13 year olds, but kids a little older or younger may be considered.
How many kids are in City Kids?
City Kids is a small program; we can accommodate approximately ten to fifteen children. Therefore, if your family is interested, please inquire as soon as possible.
How do we join?
City Kids considers all families; if your family is interested in joining City Kids for fall 2019, please submit the online survey by January 1 so that we can set up a trial day before the end of the spring session. We have very limited spots, but it is possible that we may have a spot open up during the year.
Can my child join once a session has begun?
If we have a spot available, it is possible to join in the middle of a session.
What are the fees?
Some fees are dependent on how many families join, and some fees are dependent on which classes a family signs up for. Please contact us at for further details.
*Please note that all fees, once paid, are non-refundable.
How do you determine who gets to join City Kids?
-All families that submit the online survey will be considered.
-City Kids strives to have a balance of age, gender, and cultural diversity.
-We strongly consider families that value cooperation and participation.
What is the level of parent involvement?
For our World Cultures & Geography activities, each family will sign up to lead approximately two to three times between September and May. This amount can change depending on the amount of families that join. Families also sign up for planning field trips and Natural Sciences days.
Can I opt out of being a lead parent?
A limited amount of families may opt out of signing up for duty days if it is agreed upon before the beginning of the year. Families who opt out of duty days will pay higher fees.
Sometimes our family likes to take spontaneous trips or take a day to do whatever we want. If we sign up for the full week of activities but want some time to ourselves as a family, how does that work?
Families are free to come to as much or as little as they want as long as they are fulfilling their responsibilities, such as showing up for duty days; attendance is not compulsory.
Is City Kids a drop-off program?
No, City Kids is not a drop off program; every child must have their parent/guardian or an appointed adult taking full responsibility for their child at all times.
My family would like to join City Kids, but we cannot participate in the whole program. Can we join for fewer than four days?
Yes, families can participate in the activities of their choice as long as they participate in shared duties.
What is the benefit of joining City Kids rather than signing up my child for various homeschooling classes?
In City Kids, the children have a continuous group of peers throughout the week and the entire year. Often, homeschool classes are 45 minutes, once per week, for four to eight weeks, and it can be difficult to forge and maintain close friendships in those classes. City Kids arranges activities four days per week, which provides not only classes, but also, the opportunity for community and friendships that last.
Are siblings allowed to tag along?
Younger siblings are not permitted in the lesson areas, but from time to time there may be some activities that are appropriate for parents to bring younger siblings along.
How much outside time do the kids have?
City Kids believes that children should be outside as much as possible! When the weather permits, we do our activities outside at a nearby park or at our outside space at our venue. Many of our field trips take place outside, and for our Natural Sciences Program, we regularly meet with local rangers and naturalists for lessons so that our kids have time to explore, learn, and play together in nature.
Will the kids have homework and tests?
No, City Kids does not give homework and tests. However, we think it’s great if parents follow-up with fun activities and discussions related to our activities.
Is there a health policy?
City Kids health policy states that kids who are sick with a runny nose, cold, rash, fever, cough, sore throat, or any other sign of illness stay home until she/he is cleared of symptoms. This policy includes residual symptoms.
How do I register my intent to homeschool my child?
Each family is individually responsible for notifying the proper city/state agencies of their intent to homeschool their child and for abiding by their city/state regulations for homeschooling. Below are some links that may be helpful:
I am a new homeschooler, and I have a lot of questions about the process. Do you have any information to help me get started?
Yes! Please see our New to Homeschooling page.
If my child attends City Kids, will she/he fulfill the academic requirements for homeschooling?
City Kids is not a school and, therefore, does not claim to fulfill the academic requirements for homeschooled children. However, City Kids offers diverse education and enrichment activities that families can use to add to their individual portfolios for several subjects.
How can my organization/business become a City Kids partner?
We are always interested in partnerships that will help our programs grow. Please send all inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.