Full Day Programs
Ridgewood Full Day Programs 2023-2024
Ridgewood Full Day Programs 2023-2024 PreK
2023/2024 Monthly Rates
2 days per week $85.00
3 days per week $125.00
4 days per week $165.00
5 days per week $185.00
After School (Until 4:00 p.m.)
2 days per week $250.00
3 days per week $305.00
4 days per week $348.00
5 days per week $362.00
After School (Until 5:00 p.m.)
2 days per week $257.00
3 days per week $314.00
4 days per week $358.00
5 days per week $372.00
After School (Until 6:00 p.m.)
2 days per week $264.00
3 days per week $322.00
4 days per week $367.00
5 days per week $382.00
After School (Until 7:00 p.m.)
2 days per week $271.00
3 days per week $331.00
4 days per week $377.00
5 days per week $410.00
Before School (Staff & Residents) $140.00
Before School (Non-residents) $210.00
After School (Staff & Residents) $280.00
After School (Non-residents) $410.00
Early Release Days $15.00 per day
Full-Day Care $60.00 per day
Full Week Care $280.00 per week
5 Visit Punch Pass $127.50 per pass
Annual Registration Fee
$50.00 per student
Discounts (5 Day Enrollment Only)
Reduced Lunch Qualified 12%
Free Lunch Qualified 15%
7:00 a.m. to Start of School
Glen Elementary: Dismissal to 6:00 p.m.
Dismissal to 7:00 p.m.
Glen Elementary, Hawes Elementary, Orchard Elementary, Ridge Elementary, Somerville Elementary, Travell Elementary and Willard Elementary
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 Area Manager
My name is Mildred Boles and I am proud to be the Area Manager for the River Edge and Ridgewood school districts. I have been in the education field for over 24 years and have vast experience teaching and overseeing and managing children's programs for children up to 13 years of age. This has provided me with a strong framework to offer quality programming and an opportunity to build strong relationships with my team, the children, and their families. I believe that there are so many opportunities for children to grow and learn in all areas of development and that we should provide educational value in everything we do with the children and families we serve. I believe we should never let it rest until our good is better and our better is best...AlphaBEST!
Meet Your Regional Manager
Hi, I’m Robyn Knapp your friendly Regional Manger. I’ve been providing quality programs throughout Bergen County for the past 25 years. My degrees in Early Childhood Education and Sociology provide me the foundation for implementing successful early learning centers, before, after school, and summer camp programs for children of all ages. I pride myself on being present and in the moment with the children, their families, the community, and all my “Alpha Besties”.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is AlphaBEST?
AlphaBEST Education has been providing before and after school programs since 2005. We currently serve approximately 30,000 students in 16 states. Family is important to us. We are a family-owned business and we take pride in the relationships we build with students, their parents, district staff, our staff, and the local communities that we become part of.
What are AlphaBEST programs like?
At AlphaBEST, we believe in the power of wonder, enabling and encouraging children to use their innate sense of imagination as we expand their horizons. We do far more than provide a safe, nurturing environment for children before and after school — we create rich, immersive experiences through a variety of enrichment activities including coding & robotics, digital animation, engineering, drama, arts, fitness, and more.
We provide a schedule that includes homework time, snacks, outdoor play, our signature enrichment curriculum every day, and student-choice clubs to round out each day.
Is a snack provided?
A daily snack is provided every day. Students are welcome to bring their own nut-free snacks from home if they prefer. All surfaces and cleaned before and after snack, and all students will wash hands prior to eating.
Who are AlphaBEST staff?
At AlphaBEST, we pride ourselves on our incredible staff members. Our staff will always be immediately visible for school administration, parents and students. You’ll recognize them by: AlphaBEST identification badge, and branded tee-shirt. AlphaBEST follows all procedures and regulations related to a license Child Care program including all staff passing numerous fingerprinted background checks. All staff participate in an extensive training program which provides everything they need to know about operating a safe and inclusive program for our students.
Does AlphaBEST operate on holidays and partial days?
The answer to this depends on your specific school district. If your district allows, we will operate camps during most national holidays. If your child’s school is closed due to weather or other unpredictable circumstances, AlphaBEST will likely not operate either.
Can you accommodate my special needs child?
AlphaBEST believes in creating learning environments where all children are welcome, and that includes children with special needs. Our staff receives special training to ensure that children with special needs can increase their skills and build their potential in meaningful, authentic enrichment opportunities. We will collaborate with our Inclusion Specialists, families, and school to ensure that your child has every opportunity to be successful in our program. To discuss your specific needs, please contact your Area Manager.
How do you handle behavioral issues?
AlphaBEST employs a Tiered System of Supports we call Creating Connected Communities. All students actively participate in building the foundation for our after-school community where they discuss the importance of their community, the rules, and respecting and welcoming each other. When students struggle within those parameters, our staff will provide additional support to that student and will share the progress with the family. If additional supports are not successful, our staff will arrange a meeting with the family to explore additional options.
How do you keep students safe & healthy?
Student safety is a top priority for AlphaBEST. Our staff are trained in all emergency procedures and drills that align to each specific school and district. In addition to preparedness for responding to weather, earthquakes, fires, and intruders, staff are trained in first aid including CPR, airborne illnesses, epi-pen administration, etc. Staff clean all surfaces regularly and students wash hands periodically, before snack and at other designated times during the program.
How do I register and pay?
Go to www.alphabest.org and click on "Locations" to find your location. The Enroll Now button on this page will take you to our student enrollment system.
Can I change my child’s schedule?
Yes! You are able to change your child(ren)s schedule online in our student enrollment system. If you are adding days, your request may be subject to availability in the program. Requests may take up to 3 days to process and your billing will adjust at the start of the next billing period, following the approval of the change.
When is tuition due?
Weekly payments are due every Monday. Monthly payments are due the first Monday of each month.
Do you offer any discounts?
Yes! We are pleased to offer our families a variety of discounts. Discounts available for your school are shown on our website page for your school district. To apply for a discount, please go to: https://www.alphabest.org/discounts/
Do you offer financial aid?
Scholarships and state subsidized aid are available in most regions. Please contact us for additional information.
Are we charged for days that school is not in session?
Tuition is based on the number of school days in the academic calendar year and does not bill for holidays and other planned school days off. The total tuition for the academic year is divided into equal weekly or monthly payments.