Reunion Childcare

Bring the whole family to Reunion!

There are many children's programs options available:

Young Child Daycare - Ages 6 weeks to 5 years

Personnel at the Iowa licensed Grinnell Community Day Care Center, located at 10th Avenue and Penrose Street, will provide child care for children 6 weeks to 5 years.  Care is available on Saturday in two sessions:

  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Lunch and snacks are provided
  • 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.  Dinner is provided

Camp Grinnell – Ages 6-11 years

An adult counselor and current Grinnell students provide on-campus activities for young people aged 6 years to 11 years.  Camp Grinnell provides a look into life on campus with fun activities that will teach your kids a little about your campus.  Camp is available on Saturday in two sessions:

  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Lunch and snacks are provided
  • 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.  Dinner at Pagliai’s Pizza

Teen Program – Ages 12-15 years

Teens are encouraged to meet other teens with this loosely structured program. Time at the pool and at various areas around campus are organized with college-age counselors to give them just the right amount of freedom and make hanging out on campus fun. A teen lounge is provide for plenty of unstructured time.  The teen program is available on Saturday in two sessions:

  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Lunch and snacks are provided
  • 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.  Dinner at Pagliai’s Pizza

There is an additional charge for these programs. 

Release forms and emergency contact forms are required for all children taking place in our youth programs or child care. These will be available at check-in.

Childcare FAQ:

Where do we check in and pick up our children?

Young Child Care (6 weeks-5 years)
Shuttle – There is a shuttle that will meet at the front of JRC. If you use the shuttle service to the Grinnell Community Day Care Center, you are required to accompany your child to and from the center. A photo ID is required for safe pick-up of your child.  Please make sure to bring your completed registration/medical release form and a car seat (if required) for your child.

Drop Off - Parents often chose to drop their child off at the Grinnell Community Daycare themselves. This is permitted. A photo ID is required for safe pick-up of your child.  Please make sure to bring your completed registration/medical release form for your child. If you choose to drop off your child, please let us know at registration.

Camp Grinnell (6-11 year)
Children attending Camp Grinnell may be dropped off and picked up at the Harris Center Game Room. Signs directing you to the game room will be found inside the building. Please make sure to bring your completed forms with you. A photo ID will be required for check-in and check-out.

Teen Program (12-15 years)
Teens may check in at the Teen Lounge in the JRC Game Room on the first floor of the JRC.  Teen programs are more loosely structured.  Teens do not require a check in by a parent, but should bring all relevant forms with them.  If you have registered your teen for the program and they do not show up, we will call you.  Also, teens who are registered must stay with our counselors all day unless they are picked up by a parent. 

What is the schedule of events?

A schedule of events will be listed here as soon as we have an idea of how many children we will have and what their ages will be.  Check back later for more information.  If your child is required to bring any special items, we will contact you before Reunion.

What should my child bring? 

Young Child Care (6 weeks-5 years)
If you have an infant or toddler who needs diapers, formula and/or baby food, you are expected to provide these supplies. If your child requires any medications during the weekend, there will be additional paperwork for you to fill out at the Day Care Center. Please label all clothes and toys! 

Camp Grinnell (6-11 years)
On Saturday, the kids will spend time at the natatorium and will venture outside for recreational activities. Please bring/send recreational clothing and shoes. We have sunscreen for Saturday afternoon's outdoor activities, but send your child with extra if he/she is sensitive. 

Teen Program (12-15 years)
The programming for teens will be loosely structured. There will be time for them to relax and watch movies or play video games, so they can bring their smart phone with them if they would like. There will be time at the Grinnell Community Pool for part of the afternoon. We will allow teens to return to their rooms to change for these events.  Although pool admission is covered, your teen might want some cash for snacks at the pool. 

How much does the Saturday childcare program cost?

Young Child Care: 6 weeks–5 years
9 a.m.–5 p.m. $80 per child
5–9p.m.  $40 per child

Camp Grinnell: 6–11 years
9 a.m.–5 p.m. $60 per child
5–10 p.m. $40 per child

Teen Program:12–15 years
9 a.m.–5 p.m. $60 per child
5–11 p.m.  $50 per child  

How may we arrange child care afterhours or at other times?

A list of Reunion student staff who are available on Friday and Saturday night, and who are interested in babysitting for individual families, will be available at the Registration Desk.  You are responsible for contacting, arranging and paying these sitters.  We recommend that sitters be paid between $7-$9 per hour.

More questions?

Ask the staff at the Registration Desk during Reunion Weekend, email us, or call 866-850-1846 to speak with an alumni relations team member.