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.
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Frequently Asked Questions for Saddle Brook 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 Cranbury, Haddongield, Hopatcong, Long Hill, Millburn, Ridgewood, Sparta, Stanhope, Vineland, and Warren.
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.
Especially during these challenging times of COVID-19, we are aware of the importance of allowing children to connect without screen time. We are modifying our programs to ensure we place an emphasis on social time, free choice, and down time for all students.
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.
The following schedule depicts typical before and after school programs, when schools are back to usual schedules. Schedules vary currently based on the duration of each day.
AlphaBEST provides and serves each child with a daily snack. 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 opens December 14th, 2020. We offer a secure, online registration platform. Please click on the Enroll Now button on our website.
Assuming a return to a hybrid schedule, our hours of opeartion will be:
Before School: 7:15 a.m. to start of school
After School: 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Full Day Care: 7:15 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Assuming a return to a hybrid schedule the following rates will be charged:
|Before School: 7:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.||$11.00|
|After School: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.||$20.00|
|After School: 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.||$25.00|
|Full-Day Care: 7:15 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.||$50.00|
Robyn Knapp, Area Manager