News and Announcements

Website Redesign Features Clean, Responsive Design

Spring connotes “growth” and “rebirth”, so with the season in full swing, we are excited to announce our website redesign! Based on user feedback and extensive testing, the new design features improvements in functionality and user experience. The clean, modern design better represents AlphaBEST’s commitment to cutting edge curriculum and innovative expanded learning programs.

Alphabest website redesign features user-friendly, responsive design

 

New Features and Updates

The main goal was to ensure that visitors could navigate and perform functions throughout the site with ease. As a result, the new design is more intuitive for parents, school administrators, educators and others who visit the site. The website redesign includes the following new features and updates:

  • Enhanced content allows parents, school districts, vendors and other partners to easily access information about our curriculum and program offerings.
  • With our new ‘Locations’ feature, parents can easily search for AlphaBEST programs in their area.
  • A revamped registration portal simplifies the enrollment process for families, allowing them to bypass our third-party registration system and re-register through the website.
  • The updated Employee portal grants staff access to important forms, training resources, new hire information and more.
  • With the new responsive design, visitors can view the website whether they’re using a mobile device, laptop or desktop computer.

Go on, explore our website redesign and view the new features for yourself!

Read the full release.

 

AlphaBEST in the News: Shawnta Jones Joins a Panel Discussion at the Center for American Progress

Our very own Shawnta Jones was invited to join Senator Hillary Clinton and other political leaders yesterday for a roundtable discussion in Washington, D.C.  In June, Shawnta was invited to the 2014 White House Summit on Working Families to discuss 21st century workplaces for today’s working families, alongside President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

AlphaBEST at Center for American Progress for Progress for Women

As a group, they discussed the challenge many women face of making ends meet and caring for their families. More and more women are now breadwinners, with nearly 6 out of 10 women as the primary, sole or co-provider for their family. Shawnta, who is currently an AlphaBEST site manager in Charles County, MD, had the opportunity to share how she was able to provide for her family, go to college and be a great role model for her children thanks to AlphaBEST Education Early Childhood Program and government subsidies. Just as important, her three children have significantly benefited from their start at AlphaBEST and are flourishing as honor roll students!

We are extremely proud that Shawnta was able to share her story on a public platform, and helped shed light on an issue that many women face today. It also emphasizes the impact we all make in the lives of the families in our programs.

AlphaBEST selfie with Hillary Clinton at the Center for American Progress

You can view the discussion below. Fast-forward to 34:00 to hear Shawnta’s story. FYI: She’s sitting beside Senator Clinton!

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AlphaBEST in the News: White House Summit on Working Families + CGI America 2014

2014 White House Summit on Working Families

AlphaBEST Shawnta Jones at the 2014 White House Summit on Working Families

Over a thousand government leaders, advocates, employers and more gathered for the 2014 White House Summit on Working Families on June 23 to focus on creating 21st century workplaces for today’s working families. Along with First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, President Barack Obama delivered remarks during the summit, highlighting “paid leave” and “improved child care” as solutions to supporting working families.

To further demonstrate the importance of workplace flexibility, representatives of working families were invited to discuss how innovative and supportive workplaces have impacted their lives. Shawnta Jones from AlphaBEST Child Care Center in Port Tobacco, MD, was invited to introduce the Caregiving breakout panel during the summit. Shawnta, whose son has been attending AlphaBEST Child Care Center since he was eight weeks old, discussed how AlphaBEST has helped her manage work and life by providing a safe, healthy learning environment for her family while allowing her to pursue higher education and contribute to her family’s self sufficiency.

Watch the video below to hear Shawnta’s story (start at 1:20):
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Clinton Global Initiative 2014

Hillary Clinton at the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative Our Executive Vice President Judy Nee was invited to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative on June 23-25 as a part of the STEM in Education workgroup. This year, CGI America focused on finding solutions that promote economic recovery in the United States. Within the STEM in Ed. workgroup, Judy also participated in a discussion about STEM in after school/out of school time, which included leaders from the philanthropic, research and programmatic communities.  As a group, they discussed a vision for STEM in after school and formulated a plan to engage all stakeholders in raising students’ awareness of and exposure to STEM-related careers and activities.

AlphaBEST Education Judy Nee on Clinton Global Initiative 2014

To learn more about the mission behind CGI America, check out: 5 Ways CGI America Commitments Are Turning Ideas Into Action [INFOGRAPHIC].

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