Longfellow KEY

Before and After School Program

The longfellow key Before and After School Program is a non-profit organization formed by concerned parents back in 1894 to overcome before and after school care challenges faced by so many families. The Program for children attending Longfellow School offers a wide variety of activities that enhance self-expression, exploration and further development of the children in a safe, fun and friendly environment.

General Information


Before School: Students are able to participate in a variety of activities. They may choose to participate in a group game, art and crafts, or free choice games and activities; puzzles, board games, coloring, etc. The Before School Program has a smaller number of students giving it a casual feel to help students prepare for the school day ahead.

After School: The After School Program begins with a nutritious snack provided daily. After snack, students may choose an activity to participate in. The KEY Program tries to provide a variety of activities to meet the students' needs. On most days student will be able to choose from a group game, art or craft project, outside play, or free time. The After School Program tries to provide both structure and freedom for the students, allowing them to unwind after the school day while also meeting  program's goals.

program hours

Before School

Monday - Friday

7:00 am - 7:55 am

After School

M, T, W, F

2:55 pm - 5:45 Pm


1:55 pm - 5:45 PM

Full Days

7:30 am - 5:30 PM

(Not included in monthly tuition)

Summer Program

Monday - Friday

7:30 AM - 5:30 PM

(Limited Availability, call for more information)


Before and After School

$210 per month

Before School

$90 per month

After School

$185 per month

Full Day

$50 per day

Spring Break

$175 Monday - Friday

Summer Program

$50 deposit per week

(Due with Registration)

Additional $140 per week

(Due week attended)


Our Mission


The longfellow KEY Before and After school program strives to provide a safe and fun environment for all children to create, imagine, and grow. We provide many daily activities so all students have the opportunity to explore a variety of interests. We want to create a culture grounded in acceptance and celebration of differences. 

Our Vision

The longfellow KEY Before and after school program was created to give parents a safe place for their children outside of school hours. Our overall vision for the program is to continue to grow through imagination and free play. KEY is an extra resource for children to practice what they learn in the classroom through play.


The longfellow KEY before and after school program is taking every precautionary step possible to make sure our environment is safe and sanitary so students can continue to play, socialize, and interact with one another. If you would like more information regarding our covid-19 safety precautions that we have in place, please contact the program director.




Waitlist application

The longfellow key before and after school program is currently full. If you would like to sign your child(ren) up for our waitlist, please click the button below. You can email your application to longfellowkey@gmail.com or mail your application to Longfellow at 1130 Seymour ave. Iowa City, IA 52240. Once we have received your waitlist application, your child(ren) will be added to our waitlist. When A spot opens, all waitlist applicants will be put in a randomized drawing. You will be notified if your application is selected to fill the available spot. Applications are valid for one year. After one year, you must submit a new waitlist application.

Information regarding the district wide waiting list policy can be found here:


Summer Registration

The longfellow key before and after school program offers summer care early june to early august (dates vary). IT is offered Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Summer registration is offered to existing KEY families first and then opens up to the Longfellow community on April 1st. To register your child(ren), please click below to access the summer registration and the highlighted words to access all other required paperwork. you can mail All Paperwork and deposit to longfellow at 1130 Seymour Ave. Iowa CIty, IA or drop it off in the main office. Paperwork will not be accepted without the deposits for the weeks requested. Summer Registration is on a first come, first serve basis and we have limited spaces available, so you will be notified if your registration has been accepted. If your registration is not accepted, you can add your child(ren) to our summer waitlist if a week you request is full.


Sunscreen Permission

Insect Repellant Permission

summer schedule

Parent Handbook

Our Parent Handbook includes important information and policies regarding the longfellow KEY before and after school program. Please click below to access our complete Parent Handbook. To request the Longfellow KEY Bylaws please contact our Board President at longfellowkeyboard@gmail.com

Meet The Staff


Caitlyn Jones - Director

Hi, My name is Caitlyn, I am the Director at Longfellow KEY BASP. This is my seventh year working with the program. I just recently adopted my first dog. His name is Roscoe. My favorite activities with the kids are cooking club and our summer field trips!


Taylor Bowlin - ASST. Director

Hi, My name is Taylor. I am the Assistant Director at longfellow key basp. This is my third year with the program. I am currently studying nursing with a radiology interest at the university of Iowa. My favorite activity with the kids is arts and



KEY Board members

Melissa Tully - Board President

Lauren Haldeman - Board Treasurer

Donna Brooks - Board Secretary

Emily Hurst - Board Member

Jennifer Teitle - Board Member



Caitlyn Jones, Program Director

Email : Longfellowkey@gmail.com

Phone : (319) 330 - 2668

KEY Board

Email : Longfellowkeyboard@gmail.com



1130 Seymour Avenue

Iowa City, Iowa 52240