Steve & Kate's Counselors At Home–Chicagoland · 773-589-4689 · firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve & Kate
COUNSELORS AT HOME
Book a vetted counselor in your home whenever you need one. Counselors will support your entire pod of kids in their respective virtual school offerings, and then lead activities for the rest of the day. And just like at our in-person camps, kids are in charge. Our counselors come equipped with supplies and are ready to play, but ultimately the kids control the agenda.
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 when permitted.
Book as many or few days as you need–there are no minimums. Cancel anytime before 4 pm the weekday before, and we’ll refund or reschedule the day—your call.
How It Works
Pair up, or stick w/ the fam
Feel free to expand your pod up to 5* children (grades K-7) when a parent is in the home, and up to 3 children when parents are out and about. How you divvy up costs with the other family is up to you.
Looking for a pod? Let us know! We'll connect you with other local families looking to pair up.
book a counselor online
Browse our counselor bios below to get a feel for our staff, or we can recommend a counselor who fits your needs during booking.
Book a counselor for any number of refundable days, Monday-Friday, by filling out our reservation form below. Your local director will be in touch to confirm your booking.
counselor comes to you
Our counselor shows up at your home for 4 hours or 8 hours (exact times between 8 am and 6 pm are confirmed in the booking process).
They’ll help with distance learning (when relevant), and come equipped to lead play-based activities for the rest of the day.
*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 us to discuss.
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.
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. You can read bios and see pictures of our counselors, below.
Build Your Dream Pod
We’re here to help tailor our Counselors At Home program to your individual needs. Whether you’re looking for on-site childcare for your business or school, need coverage for specific times, or just have some unique pod needs, we’d love to know. Reach out to your local director to chat about how we can customize our program to you.
If you're looking for families to pair up with, we might be able to help. Just fill out the pod form below. If we hear from anyone else in your area with similar interests, we'll connect you!
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.
Flexible And Fair Pricing
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. Additional hours of care may be purchased at $30/hr to help customize our Half Day plan to meet your needs.
Covers 8 hours of care and all materials for up to 5 kids
Covers 4 hours of care and all materials for up to 5 kids
Vetted Counselors In Your Area
Read a little about each of our local counselors below. If you'd like to request a specific counselor for your care, please let us know when filling out our reservation form. Alternatively, we would be happy to recommend a counselor for your dates of care, who fits all your family's needs! Either way, families will be given priority to rebook that same counselor for consistent care, whenever possible.
Hey there! I am Saolomon and I would be so thrilled to work with your family! I'm great with kids of all ages. The last 2 years I volunteered as a student teacher with 2nd - 4th graders. I was also a Sports Camp Leader for 1 summer. My favorite thing about working with kids is that I love their energy and love for life. Their pure acceptance of others is another favorite! I am fond of teaching new board games or card games, like bomb or hearts to kids. Some people might not know that I find passion in writing spoken word poetry. One thing I am proud of is growing up in a home where I was the first person in my family to be born in America.
Hello! I have worked as a Counselor at Steve & Kate's Camp as a for 1 summer. I was a Counselor at Kid's Breakaway Camp for 1 summer. Spent 3 summers at Meadowbrook Community Church Mega Sports Camp Counselors, and I have been a part time Babysitter for 3 years. My favorite thing about working with kids is exploring their curiosity and creativity with them, and helping them develop new interests! I really enjoy Academics, Active Games (Tag, Dodgeball, etc.), Art, Board Games / Card Games, Books, Dance. I love to teach anything arts and crafts related. I'm super proud of my newly developed cooking skills! Over the last few months I've gotten really good at making various vegan, tofu, and rice based dishes. I live near the lakefront and a big beautiful park so I spend lots of time there throughout the week. The sun, fresh air, and water are what help keep me grounded.
Hey! I have been an Assistant Teacher 3 years, Camp Counselor 2 years, After school teacher 2 years, and a Nanny/Au Pair 15 years. My favorite things about working with kids is active discovery and exploration of new interests. Either in a learning environment or play, each activity has the potential for discovery and interactive learning. I have found that kids are more willing to try new or old activities with twist that will support mastery and understanding. Question asking, imagination, and the energy to move keeps me personally motivated to keep creating environments that everyone thrives in. I really enjoy acquiring new skills. The action of learning a new skill either in drawing, building, crafting, etc requires opening your brain and mobility up to something new and slowly adapting that into a skill. I am really proud of myself because I tried overnight backpacking for the first time this year. Something people might not know about me is that I need plants in my house to make if feel like a home and almost everyday, I drink my coffee sitting by my plant babies.
To book Counselors At Home, please fill out this reservation form and your director will be in touch within one business day to confirm all details. During the reservation process you'll be able to request one of the available counselors listed above. Alternatively, we would be happy to recommend a staff member who fits all your care needs.
Please note that filling out this form does not guarantee booking. Payment will be due once your local director has confirmed all details.
Don't have time to sort out all the details right now, or need some help with your reservation? No worries. Just fill out your basic contact information, and we'll be in touch to help you with the rest.
$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.
Please note that a parent must be in the home for bookings with only one child present.
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. In Illinois, counselors may supervise up to 3 kids without a parent/guardian present.
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 chat with your local Director. If you’re ready to reserve a Counselor, please fill out the reservation form linked below.