STEVE & KATE COUNSELORS AT HOME
A Vetted Counselor In Your Home Whenever You Need One
After 40 years of running camp, one thing we have a knack for is finding caring counselors who are ready to roll up their sleeves, play hard and champion kids’ inherent passions. Now, this pool of people is available for families to bring into their homes.
A counselor can supervise up to 4 kids—grades K through 7—from any number of families when a parent is around and up to 2 families when parents are out and about. They’ll support distance learning from school (when relevant), supply lunch and snacks, and roll in with a bag o’ supplies to lead play-based activities for the rest of the day.
How It Works
Pair Up with another family
Expand your bubble up to 4 kids (grades K-7) from any number of families when a parent is present and up to 2 families when parents are out and about.
Book A Counselor Online
Book a counselor for any number of refundable days, Monday-Friday, that you need.
How you divvy up costs with the other family is up to you.
Counselor Comes to you
Our counselor shows up at your home for 4 hours (1-5pm) or 8 hours (exact times between 8 am and 6 pm are confirmed in the booking process).
They’ll help with distance learning, lead activities, and even get food delivered included in the fee.
A Day Of Play (And Distance Learning Too)
Just like at our in-person camps, kids are in charge. Our counselors come equipped with supplies and ready to play, but ultimately the kids control the agenda.
For the full day option, our counselors support kids in their respective online school offerings and once that bit of business is taken care of, the play begins. For the half day, they jump straight to play—unless there are still some last bits of the school day to wrap up. Counselors bring stuff like: art supplies, a custom animation station, an iPad loaded with multi-media apps, games, cardboard construction supplies, water play, sports equipment, and they'll take kids on adventures in the neighborhood if parents give us the green light.
Counselors also get lunch and snacks delivered for the full day option, and snacks for the half day. Lunch items differ by region, but generally include sandwiches, burritos, pizza, pasta, and other kid faves.
All counselors are background checked and CPR/First Aid Certified as you’d expect. More importantly, they are all hand selected by our experienced camp directors who know how to pick ‘em. They also get ongoing training and support from these same directors. In the booking process, you can read bios and see pics of our counselors.
Want to connect with a Director to talk more? Find contact info here. Or you're welcome to use our Knowledge Base to find answers to frequently asked questions (including answers to our COVID policies for Counselors at Home).
Flexible And Fair—Only Pay For What You Use
Book any number of days you’d like—there are no minimums. You can even cancel a booking anytime before 4 pm the day before, and we’ll refund or reschedule the day—your call.
Full Day - 8 hours
Up to 4 kids plus lunch and snacks
Half Day - 4 hours
Up to 4 kids plus snacks
Fees are all inclusive. Full day covers 8 consecutive hours to be booked between 8 am to 6 pm on weekdays, materials, lunch and snacks from local restaurants for up to 4 kids. Half day covers 4 hours (1 pm to 5 pm), materials and snacks for up to 4 kids.
A counselor can supervise up to 4 kids from any number of families when a parent is present and up to 2 families when parents are gone.
See Available Counselors
Before you book, check out some of the important details.
$380/day covers up to 8 hours of care in your home for up to 4 children in K-7th grade, including lunch and snacks. $200/day covers up to 4 hours of care in your home from 1pm to 5pm for up to 4 children in K-7th grade, including snacks only. If you’re sharing the cost with another family, you will need to coordinate reimbursement yourselves, or you can alternate which family pays for bookings through our system.
Before reserving a Counselor, carefully read their bio and review their “tags” to make sure they work in your neighborhood/city and fit ALL of the criteria that is important to you and the Counselor. You can filter on these tags by selecting 'More Filter Options' on the left hand side of our booking page. If your child will require medication during the day or in the event of an emergency (like an Epi-Pen), you must select a Counselor with the appropriate Health Certification tag (otherwise they cannot administer medication), unless a Parent / Guardian will be in the home at all times during service to administer medication if necessary.
If you need multiple dates, click "Select Appointments" for the first date you need, and you will be able to add additional dates that the Counselor is available on the next screen. While you can only reserve dates approximately one month out, if things are working out well with your Counselor you’ll be given the option to extend your dates.
For Counselors that are available for half-day AND full-day bookings, the base rate for their appointments will be $200, which covers the afternoon hours only (1-5pm). You will have the option to add “AM School Support & Lunch” to your reservation for an additional $180 per booking, for a total of $380 per day. Be sure to add the AM option for all dates that you need full-day care.
You can cancel free of charge for any reason by contacting your Director by 4pm the day prior to service. After 4pm, there will be a $100 cancellation fee on full-day bookings and $50 on half-day bookings in order to pay our Staff for a portion of the missed booking.
If you’re ready to reserve a Counselor, you can filter and find them by clicking on your region below.
Choose your location below. Browse our roster of counselors. And book away!
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Questions & comments? You can find contact information for the Director in your region or use our Knowledge Base to find answers to frequently asked questions (including answers to our COVID policies for Counselors at Home).
For general questions, you can contact Steve & Kate's HQ at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-389-KIDS.