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