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Kid’s Space

"Friendship... is not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything." - Muhammad Ali

Kid’s Space – Afterschool Program

2022 – 2023

Kid’s Space provides a seamless end to your child’s day. We offer a healthy, kosher snack; homework assistance with NY State Certified teachers; and a range of enrichment activities such as sports, karate, and swimming classes, all in a supportive and community-oriented setting led by professionally-trained staff.

Kids Space runs on the NYC Public School Calendar as well as the Riverdale Y Jewish Holiday schedule from September to June. Our program begins at school dismissal and runs until 6:30pm.

For more information, or please contact Sam Sullivan at


We will be including ALL single-day school vacation days in the price of registration! School Vacation Day Programs run from 8:00AM-6:00PM on all days that NYC public schools are closed. These days are action-packed with amazing activities. Specialty classes can include sports, arts, gymnastics, karate, drama and more! In addition to these exciting activities, swim will be offered. Week long Vacation Camps will be offered at reduced price for all Kid’s Space participants. An official Kid’s Space calendar will be provided once NYC announces the public school calendar for the 2022-2023 school year.

Kid’s Space FAQ

What are the hours of Kid’s Space?

Kid’s Space runs from school dismissal time until 6:30PM. Parents are welcome to pick their child up any time before 6:30PM.

What enrichment classes are offered?

Kid’s Space typically offers Sports, Art, Baking, STEAM, Dance, Swim and many more. If a participant is taking any other classes at the Riverdale Y during program time, we will be able to drop them off and pick them up once the class is over.

When children are not in enrichment activities, they have the opportunity to complete homework with NYC Public School teachers as well as the assistance from our counselors.

What schools do we pick up from?

Kid’s Space at the Y picks up from:

  • PS24
  • PS81
  • Horace Mann
  • Kinneret Day School
  • PEARLS Hawthorne

If your child is in a school not listed, please contact Sam for more information

Kid’s Space at 24 is only open to students at PS24

Will you be running school vacation days when school is not in session?

Yes! Single-day school vacation day programs will be included in the price of registration. We will be running school vacation day programs on all NYC public school days off. The hours of this program will be 8:00-6:00.

How are children grouped?

Each of our classes is grouped by grade so children will always be with other similar aged peers. While the ratio of staff to children is legally 1:10, we maintain stricter ratios within Kid’s Space to ensure the safety of all children.

Why is the Y more expensive than PS  24? What activities are offered at 24?

Bus from school to the Y is the primary reason. We also offer swim as an optional enrichment activity.

Bring Kid’s Space to Your School

Does your child’s school not currently offer rich after school programming? Have your school’s administration contact us to bring Kid’s Space to your school.


Free homework assistance made possible by the 

Sam Sullivan

Director, Family & Youth Services

(347) 913-4972

Sam has been with The Riverdale Y since he was two years old. He started in the Early Childhood Center, and has been a part of the after school program…

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Arienny DeJesus

Assistant Director of Kid’s Space at the Y & Inclusion Coordinator

I’ve been working at the Riverdale Y for 3 years now. Throughout the year, I work as a head counselor for the younger grades, usually First and Second Grade. During the…

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Noah O’Reilly

Assistant Kid’s Space Director

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Required Forms (click to download):


Kid’s Space at PS24


Kid’s Space at the Y



Noah O’Reilly

Assistant Kid's Space Director

Sam Sullivan

Director, Family & Youth Services

Arienny DeJesus

Assistant Director of Kid's Space at the Y & Inclusion Coordinator