After-school programs in Berkeley - 510 Families

After-school programs in Berkeley

Many of you parents who just survived the process of enrolling for kindergarten need to figure out the whole after-school child care thing. Whether you sign up for a program that fills every minute between the final bell and dinnertime or string together a combination of free play, homework, snacks, tutors, classes, sitters, and your time, in a few months it will all work out. In the meantime, good luck to you!

I am sharing a list of after-school options in the Berkeley area that don’t require you to provide the transportation:

  • On-site elementary aftercare is provided by Berkeley LEARNS at these nine BUSD schools: Berkeley Arts Magnet, Cragmont, Emerson, LeConte, Malcolm X, Oxford, Rosa Parks, Thousand Oaks, and Washington. Registration is between April 20th and May 29th.
  • On-site care (part II) is also provided by Berkeley BEARS (Berkeley’s Excellent Academic Road to Success) at seven (7) elementary school sites: Berkeley Arts Magnet, Jefferson, John Muir, Le Conte, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, and Washington. Enrollment is handled separately, though these programs may share resources. BEARS also provides before-care at late start schools and summer care.
  • Berkeley Youth Alternatives Afterschool center targets children and youth, ages 6-14, who are working below grade level in order to improve their overall literacy and computer skills. Schedule also includes snack, music, and sports (BYA Afterschool Center aims to help low-income and at risk families).
  • City of Berkeley After School Program and Fun Clubs offer neighborhood-based activities for K thru 5 at affordable prices. The performing arts program happens at Francis Albrier Center in San Pablo Park; Willard Afterschool offers organized games and craft; James Kenney Afterschool promises a balance of structure and fun.All provide homework support and daily snacks. [Find out more about the municipal after school program in this pdf]
  • JCC of the East Bay (Jewish Community Center) on Walnut St provides transportation via BUSD buses or their private vans or walking groups. Care includes diverse enrichment classes, homework help, and outside play. Programming available on many school holidays, too. Not only for Jewish families.
  • Sticky Art Lab offers care from 2:30 to 5:30 Tuesday to Fridays during the school year. Children catch up on homework before self-directed but guided art time. You can choose 1-4 days per week. Sticky Art Lab will coordinate with BUSD for transportation.
  • Trackers transports children from school to a local park for an afternoon of outdoor adventures like archery, homesteading, and wood carving. The Trackers after school program is the remedy for a long day inside. Parents retrieve kids between 5:30 and 6pm from Berkeley HQ on Adeline St.

These are ones I know about. Where do you send your kids during the work day?

ps To find out if space or waiting list spots are available, you will need to contact the program directly



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9 thoughts on “After-school programs in Berkeley”

  1. I’ve been really happy with the We Rock After School program at Thousand Oaks (BUSD). My son has been in the program since Kindergarten (now in 4th) and has really enjoyed it. He participated in track team and was able to choose specialized “clubs” four times a year (drama, art, etc). This year, for the older kids, they’ve hired a creative writing teacher for Wednesday afternoons. The director is involved and available. I always recommend We Rock for incoming TO students.

  2. We offer an after-school program that picks up at Thousand Oaks, Marin, and Cornell. We walk the kids to our site, which is at St. Alban’s church at the corner of Washington and Curtis. We have great enrichment every day, including cooking, capoeira, park time, and supervised homework hour!

  3. This is great! One addition: the JCC East Bay also provides transportation to the JCC Oakland branch (in Temescal) for students at south Berkeley schools.

  4. For all you Art lovers, there is a fabulous after school program at Kala Art Institute on Tuesdays & Thursdays for TK-grade 5. BUSD offers transportation from BAM, Oxford, Cragmont and Washington elementary schools. Families from other schools often set up carpools. 

    We offer two snacks per day and lots of project activities. There are focused art lessons every day and several free choice activities in a variety of media (drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, etc.). We take the kids outside to play on the grass as needed. Instructors read books, play games and listen to music, in addition to artmaking. We offer a student-centered, responsive and supportive environment.

    I created this program when my son was in TK and did not have access to on-site after school care.

    We are offering Family Art Preview Days on August 24 and September 7, 2019 from 10am-12pm. Please contact us for more info!

    1. What may I ask does the Family Art Preview Day entail? My daughter is in Kinder at Cragmont. I’m guessing this is meant for the parents to come and look since our kids are still in school 10-12pm. Also, must the child attend Tue & Thur or can they attend just one of those days a week? THanks!

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