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 5 kids*—grades K through 7—from any number of families when a parent is also home. They’ll support distance learning from school (when relevant), and roll in with a bag o’ supplies to lead play-based activities for the rest of the day.
No parents around or want the pod to be able to explore the neighborhood? No problem.
Without a parent/guardian present, our counselors can supervise pods, and take children on foot to local public spaces, such as parks, according to the following state guidelines:
CA - Counselors can supervise up to 5 kids from two different families.
DC - Counselors can supervise up to 5 kids from any number of families.
IL - Counselors can supervise up to 3 kids from any number of families.
NJ - Counselors can supervise up to 5 kids from any number of families.
NY - Counselors can supervise up to 5 kids from two different families.
VA - Counselors can supervise up to 4 kids from any number of families.
*Please note that a parent must be in the home for all bookings with only one child present.
*For more individualized support in groups where children are from different classes and not following the same curriculum, we recommend starting with less than 5 children in the learning pod. Email your local director to discuss.
How It Works
Pair Up with another family
You’re welcome to expand your bubble up to 5 kids (grades K-7) from any number of families when a parent is present.
Local regulations apply when parents are out and about. Select your location below for more details.
Book A Counselor Online
Book a counselor for any number of refundable days, Monday-Friday, that you need. Full and partial day coverage available.
How you divvy up costs with the other family is up to you.
Counselor Comes to you
Our counselor shows up for 4 or 8 hours (exact times between 8 am and 6 pm are confirmed in the booking process).
They’ll help with distance learning, and come equipped to lead play-based activities the rest of the day.
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.
Our counselors support kids in their respective online school offerings and once that bit of business is taken care of, the play begins. 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.
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).
Safety & Health First
After successfully running in-person camps across the country this past summer, we learned a thing or two about keeping families safe during this pandemic. All our directors and counselors have been trained on COVID regulations and best practices, and follow strict COVID policies and guidelines to ensure the safety of our kids, families, and staff members.
All counselors will wear masks at all times while with children, and will complete a health screening questionnaire prior to each day of care. Parents will be given priority to rebooking their same counselor, giving families the opportunity to book consistent care to limit total exposure. We also limit the total amount of children any counselor can serve during a two week period of time. For more details, check out our Counselor At Home COVID policies, here.
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 weekday before, and we’ll refund or reschedule the day—your call. Hours must be booked consecutively between 8 am to 6 pm on weekdays. Both full and half day options cover all materials for children.
Full Day - 8 hours
Up to 5 kids
Half Day - 4 hours
Up to 5 kids
Create Your Dream Pod
Whether you’re still looking for the right families to build your learning pod, you need on-site care, or you don’t see exactly what you need, we’re available to help tailor Counselors At Home to work for you. Contact your local director to discuss your dream pod, or fill out this pod interest form so we can help connect you to another family in your area looking to create a pod.
See Available Counselors
Before you book, check out some of the important details.
$320/day covers up to 8 hours of care in your home or office for up to 5 children in K-7th grade, and $200/day covers up to 4 hours of care. If you’re sharing the cost of service with another family, you will need to coordinate reimbursement yourselves.
You can cancel free of charge for any reason by contacting your Director by 4pm the weekday prior to service (i.e. Friday for a Monday appointment). After 4pm the weekday prior to an appointment, 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.
With your consent and subject to local restrictions, Counselors are able to take children by foot on walks or trips to public spaces such as parks. However, in certain states and under certain circumstances, a parent or guardian may need to be present (select your location below to see any local restrictions).
Still have questions, or are you looking for something a bit different than our standard offering? You can reach out by email or phone to contact the Director in your region, and they are happy to chat about what you’re looking for. Alternatively, you can fill out this form, and a local team member will be in touch soon.
Choose your location below. Browse our roster of counselors. And book away! Or, if you’re still looking for families to join your pod, fill out this form and we’ll be in touch if we find you a match.
Chicago: Start Browsing
DC: Start Browsing
Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Falls Church, & McLean: Start Browsing
Northeast Jersey: Start Browsing
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 email@example.com or 415-389-KIDS.