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Community Announcements

The district is a central hub of activity in the community, particularly as it relates to educational and recreational opportunities available to children. This Community Announcements page is provided as a service to parents for informational purposes only. For more information about the activities and organizations listed below, please use the contact information provided with each entry. If you have a community announcement you would like posted, please email

Sixth annual UAlbany Family Earth Day

Click here for an event flyer. On Saturday, April 14, the University at Albany will hold its sixth annual “Family Earth Day” event from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to celebrate Earth Day. The event will take place on the Uptown Campus located at 1400 Washington Ave in University Hall. This event will welcome guests from the community, with a focus on families with children 5-18 years old. The 2017 event attracted more than 136 guests from 45 families and 30 local schools.

Objectives of the day:

  • Engage children with activities and demonstrations that get them interested in and excited about the Earth
  • Teach children about the processes that support our lives on the planet
  • Encourage children to get involved in sustaining these systems

All lessons are carried out in a fun way, meant to spark enthusiasm. The activities range from solar ovens to disappearing glaciers and bird beak adaptations, to “gee-wiz” atmospheric science demonstrations. Attendees will even have a chance to meet “Weather Friends” and participate in a weather balloon launch!

Calvary Methodist Preschool

  • We are a play based preschool, centrally located in Latham
  • For over 40 years we have focused on developing the child’s social skills through developmentally appropriate activities and play
  • Our students learn what is necessary to become successful learners as they move on to elementary school
  • We follow North Colonie’s calendar

Click here for more information, including pricing and registration.

Colonie Library Newsletter

Click here for the March/April newsletter.

Ben’s Builders

Ben’s Builders will be hosting a day full of fun and creativity on April 22 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.  in memory of Ben Stowell. Ben attended Blue Creek Elementary and passed away from cancer in 2009. During the event, Ben’s family hosts Lego building challenges for kids of all ages and backgrounds, and works to create a community of fun and hope in memory of their son. The event will take place at the American Cancer Society HopeClub, located at 1 Penny Lane in Latham. RSVP 518-220-6960

Colonie Library school-aged programs

The Colonie Library has started it’s Fall programming! For the after-school crowd we offer homework help, book clubs, reading to therapy dogs, LEGO/WEDO, and a STEAM program. For more information, click here.

Cohoes Head Start has openings for 3-4 year olds

The Head Start program in Cohoes currently has  some openings for 3- and 4-year-old children. Head Start offers a high-quality preschool program for low-income families. View the flyer for details.

Kids Express After School Program at the Maplewood School

Kids Express at the Maplewood School offers a School-Age After School program for students ages 6-12! Children enjoy a variety of age appropriate activities, including homework help, arts and crafts, and access to our full size gym and new playground! Since we are located within the boundaries of the North Colonie School District, transportation is available! For more information, call (518) 328-0430, or email!

UPK at the Maplewood School

Kids Express now offers Universal Pre-K (UPK) at the Maplewood School in Watervliet! Children must be four years old by December 1st, 2017 to be eligible. If your child meets this age requirement, you are invited to fill out an application on our website! For more information, call (518) 328-0430, or email