Before and Aftercare Program

 At this time, open enrollment for Before and Aftercare for grades Pre-K through 8 is closed.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  If you have any questions please contact Jennifer Reynolds at 609-5800 extension 5126.  Thank you.  



Barnegat Township School District’s K-8 Before and Aftercare Program

The Barnegat Township School District offers a before and after school childcare program that is geared toward families who need a safe, well-supervised setting for their children before and after school hours.  Children will be able to participate in supervised activities that will include crafts, games, homework time, etc. under the supervision of experienced, qualified staff members.


Hours of Operation:

The Beforecare Program is held at the Cecil S. Collins Elementary School.  The AM session opens at 6:00am. Children will be bused from the Collins School to their “home” school prior to the start of school. Students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades will be walked over to the Russel O. Brackman Middle School; no busing is provided.

The Aftercare Program is held in all of our elementary schools.  Students from the Russel O. Brackman Middle School will walk over and attend Aftercare in the Collins School.  The PM session will be held from the dismissal time of your child’s school until 6:00 PM.  School start and dismissal times are provided below for your reference.


The Program runs from the first day of school through the year. The DAY BEFORE the last day of school is the final day of Aftercare. When the Barnegat Township Schools are closed there will be no Before or Aftercare Program (for example, holidays, breaks, snow days, and during the summer months).   In the event of an early dismissal the program will operate, unless otherwise noted.    You will receive a school messenger notifying you of any changes. When the district has a delayed opening the Before Care program will open at 8:30am, unless otherwise noted.


Elementary School Schedules

Beforecare opens at 6:00am; Aftercare closes at 6:00pm. The program is open on half days.

                                                         Lillian M. Dunfee School     8:20am - 3:00pm

                                                 Robert L. Horbelt School         8:20am - 3:00pm

                                                 Cecil S. Collins School            8:50 am - 3:30pm

                                                 Joseph T. Donahue School      8:50 am - 3:30pm

                                                 Brackman Middle School         7:40am - 2:20pm



Rates are based on the time your child is signed in and signed out at $5.00 per hour per child.

You will be billed for the amount of time used in the program, and payment in full is expected by the due date shown on each invoice.  Late fees will be assessed to accounts if payment is not received.  



Late Pick-Up Fees:

We understand there are times your schedule is affected by situations beyond your control.  When a situation arises that will prevent you from picking up on time, we ask you notify us so we can make any necessary accommodations needed for after hours building usage.  Late pick-up may result in charges of $1.00/minute for every minute beginning at 6:01pm until the parent/guardian/emergency contact arrives for pick-up.  Payment of late fees is expected at the time of pickup.  At 6:00pm emergency numbers will be called.  In the event no one is available to pick-up the child, the Barnegat School District reserves the right to notify the Division of Family Services.


Start-Up/End Date:

The program will begin on the first day of school.  

There is Aftercare on early dismissal days (with the exception of the last day of school).

The program is not open the last day of school.   


The staff consists of Program Aides. Student Workers, and a Site Coordinator at each site.  The Site Coordinator will be directly responsible for developing the weekly schedule of activities and structure at each site.  


Students are expected to follow all school rules of conduct established during the regular day.   Our goal is to provide a safe environment for all the children enrolled as well as the staff.  Inappropriate behavior will  result in a verbal warning.  If behavior does not change, a temporary suspension from the program will take place.  We will work closely with the child and family towards successful resolution, however continued inappropriate behavior may lead to exclusion from program participation. (Please refer to District Policy #5843)


Children who attend the Beforecare Program will be bused from the Collins School to either Dunfee, Horbelt, or Donahue in the morning.  There is no transportation for students in the Brackman School; they will walk to / from school to the program.   There is no transportation from Aftercare to home, and parents/guardians will be responsible for picking up their child(ren) by 6:00 pm.  


A snack will be provided and will be coordinated through general district cafeteria ordering procedures.  If your child has any food allergies please contact us to discuss.  We will need a doctor's note to substitute snack items.


The Barnegat Township School District will provide the multi-purpose room, cafeteria, and/or appropriate spaces (gym, computer lab) for both the Before and Aftercare Program.  The use of fields and playgrounds will be arranged as needed.


Use of school equipment such as mats and tables will be arranged through the Principal and staff at each school site.


Registration forms can be found by clicking the link above on the left, at your child's school, or the Board Office at 550 Barnegat Blvd. North, Barnegat, NJ  08005.

Registration paperwork can be dropped off at the Board of Education Office located at 550 Barnegat Blvd. North, Barnegat, NJ  08005.  (Summer hours for the office are 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Monday through Friday)    

We look forward to a wonderful year!  

Please call with any questions...609-389-0484 or 609-660-8900 x8014 or x8060.

District Policy 5843 - Barnegat Before/Aftercare Program


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