Ridgewood Public Schools

Welcome, Ridgewood Public Schools Families!

Registration for our modified program is now open!

To support your school's return-to-school plan, we are providing a before and after school care.

Please click on "Rates & More" for more information.

Our Programs

Our programs are designed to give you peace of mind when your child is not in school. Experienced, caring, and licensed staff ensure your child is safe, engaged, and happy! Program includes an hour of enrichment every day at no additional charge!  Coding, Robotics, Art, Drama, Spanish, Mandarin, Sign Language, Fitness & Sports, and Engineering/Maker Activities to name a few. Snacks, homework help, recreation, and student-choice clubs round out each day, and always in a secure and caring environment.



Local Contact Information

Robyn Knapp



Frequently Asked Questions for Ridgewood Families:


AlphaBEST Education has been providing before and after school programs since 2005.  We currently serve approximately 30,000 students in 14 states.  We have been providing our services to families in New Jersey since 2017 and are proud to be part of the communities of Mt. Olive, Stanhope, Warren, Hopatcong, and Millburn.

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.  Our parent company is KAPLAN EARLY LEARNING, which has outfitted early childhood centers throughout the country with furnishings, materials, and curriculum for over 50 years.


Unique to after school programs, AlphaBEST includes world-class enrichment sessions every day for every student, at no additional charge. We partner with some of the nation’s leading developers of high-quality enrichment curricula. Currently, our students enjoy FIRST Lego League Robotics, Coding, Maker Space Fridays, Visual Arts, Cartooning, Stop-motion Animation, Drama, Spanish, Mandarin, Sign Language, Cricket, Tennis, Basketball, Soccer, and more!

AlphaBEST’s culture and commitment to excellence is driven by our Core Values. These values are infused throughout the organization and are a key part of how our programs operate in each school.

Homework time is a key part of our program. After a snack and some movement/exercise, students are separated into grade and age groups, each with a staff member, to work on homework for approximately 30 minutes. A quiet environment with appropriate materials is provided, and our staff rotate to assist students with their work. Those students who do not have homework will participate in a variety of Brain Games of their choice until the homework block is completed.

Each afternoon begins with a snack and recreation and socialization time. This informal time allows students to unwind and relax. Following an engaging and fun enrichment experience, students are free to choose activities at the end of the day, based on their level of energy and their own interests.

AlphaBEST provides and serves each child a daily snack that adheres to USDA guidelines and state regulations for snack service. Snack menus are prepared to offer variety and interest so that children’s needs for a well-balanced diet are supported through the snack program. Parents may send daily snacks with their children and also provide any allergy information.

AlphaBEST is a fully licensed program and will follow the staff to student ratios as prescribed by the state of New Jersey.  Our staff to student ratio will be 1:15 or lower.

Registration for the 2020/2021 school year will open on June 8, 2020.  We offer a secure, online registration platform.


GLEN SCHOOL will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and again from 1:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

All other schools will be open for before care at 7:15 a.m. until school starts and will be open as late as 7:00 p.m.  Please refer to the fee chart for after-care fees. They are based on pick up time.



AlphaBEST understands that families are faced with rising costs in many areas of their budget. We have pledged to match or reduce the fees that parents have been paying with the current provider.

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AlphaBEST provides discounts to ensure that all families have access to our before and after school programs. We will offer the following discounts:

Sibling Discount    10%

Reduced Lunch Qualified    12%

Free Lunch Qualified      15%



Please contact our Regional Director, Jeanette Rysdeck at:  jrysdeck@alphabest.org or 973.739.4511

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