Poudre, CO


2022-2023 Registration is Open



Click the Links Below for Summer 2022 Information


Summer Camp

Bridge Camp

S.O.L. Wraparound Camp

Teen Camp

Adventure Camp


2022/2023 Weekly Rates

Before School

1 day/week     $12.00

3 days/week     $30.00

5 days/week     $50.00

After School

1 day/week     $18.00

3 days/week     $51.00

5 days/week     $85.00


Full Day     $40.00

Half Day     $20.00

10-Visit Drop-in Punch Pass

Full Day Holiday Care

Full Week Holiday Care

Unscheduled Drop-In Daily Fee

Annual Registration Fee
1 Student - $55.00

Annual Registration Fee
2+ Students - $65.00

Sibling Discount 10%

Reduced Lunch  12%

Free Lunch 15%

Active Military 15%


6:30 a.m. to start of school

Dismissal to 6:00 p.m.


PreK: Livermore, Red Feather, Stove Prairie
K-5: Bacon, Bamford, Bauder, Beattie, Bennett, Bethke, Cache La Poudre, Dunn, Eyestone, Harris Immersion, Irish, Johnson, Kruse, Laurel, Linton, Lopez, McGraw, Odea, Olander, Polaris, Putnam, Rice, Riffenburgh, Shepardson, Tavelli, Timnath, Traut, Werner, Zach

Our Programs

We follow the same COVID-19 protocols in place at your school district. 

Our programs are designed to give you peace of mind when your child is not in school. Experienced, caring, and licensed staff ensures your child is safe, engaged, and happy! Every student participates in enrichment activities every day, at no additional charge!  Coding, Robotics, Art, Drama, Spanish, Mandarin, Sign Language, Fitness & Sports, and Engineering/Maker Activities keep your child engaged and having fun every day at AlphaBEST!  Snacks, homework help, recreation, and student-choice clubs are also provided to every student.

Meet Your District Manager

Melanie Duncan

[email protected]                (970) 216-1730
My Schools:  Dunn, Harris, Laurel, and Riffenburgh

Melanie has over 16 years of experience working in before and after school programs. She grew up in a small town in Colorado, and her love for children started when she was still a kid herself, babysitting at 11 years old! She loves working in this field because she gets to see the same kids return to the program year after year.  "It is such an honor and a privilege to help raise the next generation of youth. The children serve as a reminder of what's truly important, laughing, having fun, and making this day the best one possible."

Meet Your Area Managers

Lee Christy

[email protected]         (970) 216-0527
My Schools:  Bacon, Kruse, Linton, Shepardson, Werner & Zach

Hello!  My name is Lee Christy and I am excited to be a part of AlphaBEST.  I have been a professional childcare provider for 10 years and have worked within the Poudre School District for 8 years.  I am looking forward to building relationships with students, parents, and staff while creating safe and fun programs!  In my free time, you can find me hanging out with my family, restoring old furniture, or playing Pokemon Go!


Karissa Hutchison

[email protected]                    (970) 219-1242
My Schools: Eyestone, Irish, Cache La Poudre, Polaris, Putnam, Rice & Tavelli

Karissa grew up in a small town in Washington. She received her Bachelors in English as well as her Masters in Teaching. While living in Philadelphia, PA she found her true passion outside of the traditional classroom. Karissa started working for Before/After school care when she moved to Fort Collins, and absolutely loves it! Outside of work, she enjoys traveling and camping with her family.


Lucy Nuremberg

[email protected]                (970) 216-0864
My Schools: Bauder, Beattie, Bennett, Johnson, Olander & Odea
Lucy has worked in before-and-after care in Poudre School District since 2017 and enjoys building relationships with schools, families, and students. She has lived in Fort Collins since 2013. During this time, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Intervention and Prevention Sciences. Her favorite part of working at AlphaBEST is seeing her staff make amazing connections with kids. When she is not working, Lucy enjoys paddle boarding, camping, making pottery, and spending time with her dog, Oso.

Nicole Gillespie

[email protected]               (970) 219-2193
My Schools: Bamford
Nicole is so excited to be part of the Area Manager team. She started with AlphaBEST as a Program Specialist when it first started in Colorado. She is a northern Colorado native and loves the area.  Nicole has been working with kids since she can remember but started as a professional in 2007. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband, camping, going to live concerts, and spending time with friends and family including traveling with her son and watching him play baseball.

Virginia Simmons

[email protected]               (970) 803-2157
My Schools: Bethke, Lopez, McGraw, Timnath, Traut
Hello! My name is Virginia Simmons and I am thrilled to be part of the amazing team here at AlphaBEST. I started with the company as a Site Director and have loved the amazing connections I have made with the families and students in our care. I have been working in child care since 2011 and it is truly my passion, for me nothing compares to seeing children thrive and providing a safe and happy environment for them. Outside of work I am an avid reader, collector of strange and unusual things, and a cat lady who loves spending time with my fur baby Arnold.