Side Door is opening for its 19th year on 9/24/21 for mostly outdoor activities. See you then! Click here to email


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What is Side Door? Side Door is an after-school drop-in program for Montclair middle-school students.  We offer a fun alternative to “hanging out” Uptown or being home alone.

Who can come?  Any Montclair middle-school student (in grades 6 – 8)

When is it open?  Right now we are only scheduled to be open 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29 and 11/12 from 2:15 – 5:00 pm.

Where is it?       176 Cooper Ave. in Upper Montclair (Union Congregational Church).

Can new kids come?    We have new kids signing up every week.  We love new kids.

What do you do there?  Lots of stuff!  Right now we’re planning outdoor activities, but if the weather is bad we can move indoors.  You should bring a mask in case you are asked to wear one.  We have  4-square, basketball, lawn sports, board games, crafts and quiet activities, plus special events….. Come check it out!

Is there food?  We always have free sandwiches, snacks, and water, plus pizza for $1/slice, and candy and snacks for sale.

Can I leave and come back?  You can come and go as often as you wish… we just ask that you do so quietly and that you sign in and out each time.

Are there rules?  You must:  wear a mask if asked to do so, sign in each time you arrive, sign out each time you leave, wear a nametag, and cooperate with the adults and other volunteers.  You are expected to respect yourself, respect others, and to respect the Side Door space.  If you are unable to follow these rules, we may ask you to leave.  Other than that, just have fun!

Does it cost anything to attend?  While attendance is free, we depend on donations from families to run this program.  

What do I have to do to come?  Show up!  After a few weeks we will need a completed registration form on file for each child (click here to print a PDF or fill out the form online). Both the parent and child need to fill it out.  You can mail it to the church or bring it when you come (do NOT turn it in at school!).

If mailing in a registration form, mail to:

176 Cooper Ave., | Montclair, NJ  07043 |  | 973-744-7424/fax 973 744-1364


Side Door Highlights for parents and caregivers:

Side Door is run by Union Congregational Church, which also provides funding. We have received grants from the Montclair Fund for Women, and the Montclair Foundation, and the Montclair Community Intervention Alliance (Governor’s Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse) continues to provide support. Supervision is provided by our staff, MSU and MHS student volunteers, and parent/community adult volunteers.

We ALWAYS welcome parents who can spend an hour or two (monitoring sign-in, etc.), so please email us or give us a call. Even an hour of your time can make a difference to the program. In addition, we rely on your monetary donations, or donations of snacks. Contact us if you would like to donate snacks or drinks. Last year the program cost over $20,000 to run.

To register your child(ren), complete the form online by clicking on REGISTER NOW on the menu bar above or print the form and have your child hand it in when he/she comes to Side Door, or mail it directly to the church.  Do NOT send it in to the school.  We MUST have a completed form on file for your child to attend after the first few weeks.

Side Door attendees are expected to abide by our rules and to conduct themselves in a responsible and safe manner. They must wear a mask if asked to, sign in and out, and wear a nametag while on church property. (The rules are listed on the registration form.) If they are unable to abide by the rules they may be asked to leave.

Please note that we close PROMTPLY at 5 pm. If you think you might be late, make arrangements to meet your child at an alternate pick-up site (such as the Bellevue MPL Branch or Starbucks). . Your child CANNOT remain on church property after 5:15 pm.

If a backpack or jacket is left behind, contact the director (info below) to arrange a pick-up time. Abandoned items are hung on the hooks by our door so that you can pick them up when the building is open.

You can also follow us on Facebook:  (MontclairSideDoor).  Emergency calendar changes are posted there.  You do NOT have to have a Facebook account to access our page.

Susan Johnson
973 809-9581 (cell)

Side Door

176 Cooper Ave.
Montclair, NJ  07043 
973-744-7424/fax 973 744-1364