After school child care in NYC

Welcome to Corlears Plus, our after school program!

At Corlears, our biggest priority is ensuring that the values that uphold our community serve to guide us throughout each school day -- and beyond. With Corlears Plus, we aim to give all of our students an opportunity to choose afternoon programming that is age-appropriate, engaging, and, of course, fun! Corlears Plus serves as a true extension of the Corlears community, after school.

Activities for Spring 2020

Corlears Plus provides families and students with three activity options throughout the week: specialty classes, private music lessons, and choice time.

  • Specialty classes encompass once-a-week courses that families specifically register for beforehand, and take place throughout a semester. We’ll have four Corlears teachers teaching specialty classes this semester!

    • Creative Music and Movement with Anne: Make Some Magic, on Mondays for Grades PreK3 through K

      • Let your creativity come bursting through in this “Make Some Magic”-themed music and movement class! Spells, potions, and magical creatures will inspire games, songs, and dances this semester. After experimenting with a variety of percussion instruments, vocal techniques, and movement activities, the children will work together to create an original story based on our magical theme!

    • Video Game Design and Animation with Zach, on Mondays for Grades 2 through 5

      • Make your own video games using the Scratch programming language!  You’ll learn how to make alien-invasion games, submarine games, brick-breaking games, two-player pong games, and more! Plus, we’ll be using the Flip-A-Clip iPad app and iMovie to make animations with sound!  The possibilities are endless, so bring your best ideas and let’s start animating!

    • Swim, on Tuesdays for Grades PreK4 through 5 *Note: any students in the 4’s enrolling in Swim must be accompanied by a guardian to and from swim class each week.

      • Join us for an awesome aquatic semester of Corlears Plus swim! Each Tuesday, Corlears teachers will bring our Plus swimmers to the nearby McBurney YMCA for swim lessons, taught by the Y’s Red Cross-certified swim instructors. Students will be sorted into groups based on their swimming ability and experience, so this class is open to all students in grades PreK4 through 5, from first-time swimmers to Olympians-in-training. Swimmers will go over strokes, gain comfort in the water, and have plenty of time for aquatic play. At the conclusion of the lesson, students will be brought back to Corlears, ready to be picked up at 5:00pm (or stay at Plus until 6:00pm) -- they can also be picked up from the Y at 4:45pm.

        Note: The cost of Swim is $900 for the semester (with financial aid available). Students must bring along their own towel, flip-flops/water shoes, and bathing suit to change into at the Y, in a bag that they are able to carry themselves.

    • Makerspace with Zach, on Tuesdays for Grades 2 through 5

      • Program, tinker, and build with all sorts of amazing technology in our Corlears Plus Makerspace! First, we’ll learn how to code using the Scratch programming language. Then, we'll use Scratch to create programs for both the computer screen and for a new device called the BBC Micro Bit. Micro Bits are small, battery-power computers that can be programmed to send messages to each other, create tiny lights shows, remotely control larger computers, turn motors, and much more. We’ll also be exploring with Lego Robotics, and experimenting with controlling the robots using our Micro Bits.

    • Rook-ie Chess, on Wednesdays for Grades PreK4 through 1

      • We welcome all students who are just starting out in chess to take their first steps towards becoming a Grandmaster! In this class, teachers from NY Chess Kids will cover the basic rules of chess: piece movements, checks/checkmates, "special rules," and piece values. Each student will strive to play one complete game of chess each week against a classmate! This class is perfect for returning friends who participated in chess last semester, as well as friends new to the game.

    • Checkmate Chess, on Wednesdays for Grades 2 through 5

      • This class will serve as a bridge from the basic rules of the game to more interesting tasks such as piece development, castling, and the importance of space on the board. Students will also learn to play for the central squares, to win specific pieces from their opponents, and to finish off a game utilizing certain checkmate patterns. Teachers from NY Chess Kids will lead the class with hands-on practice games and puzzle workshops. We also hope to introduce tournament play to interested students! This class is perfect for returning students who participated in chess last semester, as well as students taking chess for the first time.

    • SocRoc: Soccer Classes for Kids, on Thursdays for Grades PreK4 through 1

      • This class is designed to give students a positive first impression of soccer and exercise in a noncompetitive environment. Emphasis is placed on building teamwork and sportsmanship, as well as ball control, passing, and goal-scoring. All of the basic soccer skills will be taught with high energy, story lines, and fun! Perfect for soccer stars who took the class last semester, as well as new friends. The class is taught by experienced coaches from SocRoc. SocRoc was developed by former professional soccer player and certified strength and conditioning specialist James Christie.

    • Stage Stars: Mary Poppins, on Thursdays for Grade 1 through 5

      • The Stage Theater School is thrilled to once again offer our popular “Stage Stars” classes to our Corlears students this spring. The Stage Stars students will be working on the new musical “School of Rock,” which they will perform for family, friends, and the Corlears community at the end of the semester in June. At our weekly classes, students will rehearse their dramatic scenes, as well as practice song-and-dance numbers. Our classes are taught by professional performers from the Broadway stage who are hand-picked for their talent and love for teaching children. Our aim is to help build confidence, self-esteem, and creativity, while also providing top quality theater training in a fun weekly class.

    • Ceramics with Christine, on Fridays for Grades 1 through 5

      • Join our new art teacher Christine for a fun semester of clay-themed crafting! Students will explore the basics of hand-built ceramics by creating both sculptural and functional works of art. Self-expression will be encouraged and nurtured as students build imaginative clay forms, carve designs, add texture and finish their work with colorful glazes. Through learning about the structure of clay, its affordances and limitations, students will have a deeper understanding and appreciation for it, and have fun in the process! Students will also have a chance to try working on the pottery wheel we have in the studio. The class is perfect for returning students, as well as those who will be new to ceramics this semester. 

  • With choice time, students who are registered for a standard day of Plus programming have the option of choosing from several different activities. Students in grades 2 through 5 can elect to work on a STEAM project, such as catapult-building, slime-making, or making and writing in invisible ink; or play sports in the gym, with games like capture-the-flag, basketball, or relay races. Younger students in grades PreK4 through 1 will have dedicated access to the yard, allowing them the space for age-appropriate free play with their peers.

  • Private music lessons will be offered for piano, drums, and guitar. Classes are offered at the following times, for all experience levels (please note: for lessons beginning at 3:15/2:45 on Thursdays, children will be given snack by the music teacher and picked up from their classroom):

    • Drums or Guitar: Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:15-3:45, 3:45-4:15, 4:15-4:45, 4:45-5:15

    • Piano: Tuesdays from 3:15-3:45, 3:45-4:15, 4:15-4:45, 4:45-5:15; Thursdays from 2:45-3:15, 3:15-3:45, 3:45-4:15, 4:15-4:45

Dates for Spring 2020 Plus Programming

Spring specialty classes and music lessons begin and conclude on the following days:

  • Monday: February 3 - June 8

  • Tuesday: February 4 - June 2

  • Wednesday: February 5 - May 27

  • Thursday: February 6 - June 11

  • Friday: February 7 - June 5

*Any family that registers for a specialty class will be able to send their child to Corlears Plus for choice time on that specific day after the class has concluded for the semester at no additional charge, through the end of the school year.

Dates for 2019 Fall Plus Programming

Fall specialty classes and music lessons conclude on the following days:

  • Monday: January 27

  • Tuesday: January 21

  • Wednesday: January 22

  • Thursday: January 23

  • Friday: January 31

*Any family that registers for a specialty class will be able to send their child to Corlears Plus for choice time on that specific day after the class has concluded for the semester at no additional charge, up until Friday, January 31.

Daily Schedule

All children at Corlears Plus — both those enrolled in specialty classes and choice time — gather together at the start of each afternoon. This allows the whole Plus community to come together, and for friends of different ages to interact and bond — one of the best parts of the afternoon community at Corlears. 

  • From 3:15 to 3:45, children enjoy snack together. Children grades PreK4 through 1 eat together in one classroom, while children grades 2 through 5 gather in another classroom.

  • From 3:45 to 4:45, children go to either that specialty class, or participate in choice time. At choice time, children in grades PreK4 through 1 enjoy active play in the yard, while children in grades 2 through 5 have a choice between a STEAM project or sports in the gym.

  • From 4:45 to 6:00, children in grades PreK4 and Kindergarten return to a classroom for games and art projects. Children in grades 1 through 5 go to an adjacent Plus classroom to complete their homework (upon completing their homework, older students will be allowed to join their younger friends for games).

On Thursday afternoons, because of 2:45 dismissal, snack will take place from 2:45 to 3:15, choice time and specialty classes from 3:15 to 4:15, and homework/games from 4:15 to 6:00.

Corlears Plus Pricing

  • One day of choice time: $650

  • One specialty class: $810 early bird pricing available until Friday, December 6 ($825 after December 6)

  • One private music lesson: $900

We've also got two Plus Package discounts available!

  • Sign up for two specialty classes, and get any additional specialty class OR day of choice time 5% off!

  • Sign up for three days of choice time, and get any additional days of choice time OR specialty classes at 5% off!

    • Once you sign up for two specialty classes or three days of choice time, each additional day of choice time drops to $617.50, and each additional specialty class drops to $769.50.

*For families receiving financial aid, the price of Corlears Plus programming (all choice time and specialty classes) will be discounted at the same rate of a family’s tuition. Simply enter your child’s discount code when registering. Families eligible for Plus Package discounts will also receive those discounts, in addition to their financial aid discount. Please note that private music lessons are not eligible for financial aid discounts. If you have any questions about pricing for private music lessons, please contact Alex directly.

Convenient Scheduling

  • Advanced Registration

    • Registration for the Fall 2019 semester at Corlears Plus will open on Friday, July 19. You'll be able to register here on our Corlears Plus webpage, using our easy-to-use registration system.

  • Unplanned Changes - We understand that schedules change. There will always be a spot for your 4-10 year-old child at Corlears Plus.

    • Switching Days

      • If you would like to switch your child’s pre-registered choice time days for a specific week, please email Alex at by 9:00am on Monday of that week. There is no charge for switching pre-registered days.

    • Additional Drop-Off

      • If you need to send your child to Plus on a day that they are not registered, please email Alex at by 12:00pm on that day. He will be sure to notify your child’s classroom teachers, as well as our Plus teachers who will be able to better plan for the day’s activities. Families will be charged $40 for an additional drop-off day at Corlears Plus, and charged that via credit card using our Corlears Plus registration system (financial aid discounts apply for any additional drop-off days).

Please note: refunds will not be offered for any days of Plus programming that a child misses.

Still have questions about Corlears Plus? Check out these FAQs:

How does payment work?

With Sawyer, our after-school registration system, families can pay via credit card at checkout, similarly to any other online purchase.

Why do I have to sign up in advance for choice time, in addition to specialty classes?

Signing up for choice time beforehand will give our choice time instructors an opportunity to more deliberately plan lessons and craft activities for your children.

What if I am a few minutes late to pick up my child?

There is a 15-minute grace period following dismissal before parents are charged for a day of Corlears Plus — meaning on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, parents will not be charged for Corlears Plus if arriving to pick up their children before 3:30; on Thursdays, parents will not be charged if they pick up their children before 3:00.

After this 15-minute grace period, if a child is still at Corlears Plus, parents will be charged the full fee of $40 for a day of Corlears Plus.

What if I arrive after 6:00pm to pick up my child?

Parents are expected to make every effort to pick up their child before 6:00pm. If you think that you will be late to pick up your child, please call the school and inform our receptionist. After three instances of late pick up, parents will be required to attend a daytime meeting with the Head of School and Director of Auxiliary Programs, during which a plan for avoiding future lateness must be presented. Any subsequent late pick ups may result in the family losing access to Corlears Plus. (This policy is also outlined in our family handbook)

What if I have a meeting with a teacher or administrator at Corlears and need afterschool childcare?

In the event that a family needs to attend an afterschool meeting at Corlears school, any child currently enrolled at Corlears can attend Corlears Plus for the day at no charge.

Want to talk more about Plus? Email Alex, Director of Auxiliary Programs and Community Engagement, at