There are many options for after-school programs. Berkeley Learns is the BUSD run program which provides both before and after-school care until 6 p.m., with a wide variety of enrichment activities as well as help with homework; K and 1st grade sections fill up early, so you may want to apply in the spring. New School and the Jewish Community Center offer off-site programs for BAM students.
The PTA organizes a fantastic selection of after-school classes, usually an hour long each, including dance, sports, languages, science/building, ceramics, arts, and more. The sign-up process for PTA classes usually begins in early September (after the first few weeks of school). You will receive information in your child’s backpack.
Highlights and contact information for all programs are described below:
- Berkeley LEARNS District Program: Berkeley LEARNS After-School Program is located on-site at BAM. Students can attend part-time (only certain days) or full-time (every day) after school. The daily program consists of a nutritious snack, enrichment classes, recreational activities and homework/academic centers until 6 p.m. Students who are currently enrolled in the program, and their siblings, receive priority placement. Additional slots are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. The program maintains a 1:20 staff to student ratio.For more information visit: http://www.berkeleyschools.net/schools/berkeley-after-school-programs/ or call the after-school and extended day care coordinator at 510-883-6146.
- PTA Afterschool Enrichment Classes: BAM’s PTA offers a wonderful array of afterschool classes that run up to an hour after school dismissal. The PTA’s goal is to make them available to all students. Partial and full scholarships are available. Check out the latest session’s schedule here.
- Jewish Community Center (JCC) Offsite After-school Program, 1414 Walnut Street (source: www.jcceastbay.org): Center Stage, the JCC’s Berkeley after-school program, serves children in kindergarten through sixth grade. The program includes homework help, creative art projects, working in the garden and playing games. Jewish education is integrated into the curriculum. The program is ongoing through the school year.Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Full days are offered on most Berkeley Unified School District holidays. At school dismissal, students ride in a van from BAM to the JCC. Children engage in activities such as science, art, cooking, gardening, sports, drama, and Jewish cultural programming. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 510-848-0237 to request a brochure.
- The New School of Berkeley Offsite Childcare, 1606 Bonita Street (source: www.newschoolberkeley.org): New School is a preschool and day care center for children 2 through 12 years of age, offering before and after-school care for children in elementary schools. Hours are Monday through Friday from 7:15 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. There are a variety of scheduling options so that families can choose a schedule best suited to their needs. All programs are five days a week. Students going to New School after their school day gather in the yard at dismissal. They are picked up by a New School teacher who walks them to the school a few blocks away. Call 510-548-9165 to register.