Before & After School Program

Now Hiring - September 2021

Registration for 2021-2022 School Year

The Old Bridge Township Before and After School program will open Registration on August 4th at 6pm.

We encourage parents to create their account on our new Rec Desk software prior to the opening of Registration.  Create your account here: Old Bridge Rec Desk

About the Program

Program Hours:
Before School Care 7am-9am
After School Care 3pm-6pm

 The Before/After School program is a non-profit program sponsored by Old Bridge Township that has been providing affordable childcare for over 20 years to township residents. Please read over the entire web page. There are also links at the bottom of the page that contain more information such as cost, hours of operation, and our policies. Please do not contact the Board of Education if you have questions since they are not responsible for our program.

Our program is supported by parent tuition fees only. The parent/guardian/custodian will be responsible for payment of any fees from enrollment until withdrawal from the program. All tuition fees must be kept current for childcare services to be provided. Activities will include organized games, special arts & crafts projects, and movies.  There will also be homework time.  Our staff will provide 45 minutes of homework time in a quiet environment. Our staff is available to assist the children when needed.

Please understand this is independent homework time and not private tutoring.  Our staff will try to make sure the child understands the concepts they are working on.  

This year the Before Care program will have breakfast provided by the Board of Education to students in the program. During this program children can do arts and crafts, play board games, and read. There is 
NO homework allowed during Before School Care.

Students enrolled in the After School Program will be provided a snack and a drink by the Board of Education. We are State mandated to do 30 minutes of physical activity each day. Our program cannot customize schedules for each child based on their after-school activities. Each one of our program sites will use the format below daily with some flexibility based on when attendance is completed.

1.    Attendance 3:15-3:30

2.    Physical Activity 3:30-3:45

3.    Snack Time 3:45-4:15

4.    Homework Time 4:15-5:00

5.    Arts & Crafts, Board Games, Physical Activity 5:00-5:45

6.    Clean Up Time 5:45-6:00

7.    Program Ends 6:00

 Parent Handbook 2021-2022

 Our Parent Handbook is an important guide for parents to read to understand the policies and procedures of the Before and After School Care program in Old Bridge Township. 

Monthly Tuition Rates 2021-2024

Tuition rate will increase over the next several years due to the raising of New Jersey minimum wage increase and our use of security at each of our Before and After School Care locations. Click here for fee information under Article VIII, Section 160-30.

# of Days a week

1-3

4

5

Before School

$240

$250

$260

After School

$280

$290

$310

Before & After Combo

$320

$340

$370

Registration Information

Month

September

October

November

December

January

February

March

April

May

June

Registration Starts

August 4th

Sept 1st

Oct. 1st

Nov. 1s

Dec. 1st

Jan. 1st

Feb. 1st

March 1st

April 1st

May 1st

Registration Ends

August 13th

Sept. 7th

Oct. 7th

Nov. 7th

Dec. 7th

Jan. 7th

Feb. 7th

March 7th

April 7th

May 7th

The Before and After School Care program uses an online registration system called, Rec Desk.  Please read below on how to create an account and register your child for enrollment this coming school year. To be eligible for our program all children must be enrolled in one of our eleven Old Bridge elementary schools. We do not accept children from private schools.

Registration will be done on a month-to-month basis. Registration is open each month from the 1st until the 7th for the following months enrollment. For example August registration you are enrolling your child for the month of September.

Registration will be on a first come first serve basis and a wait list system will be in place due to the limited capacity at each program in each school. Each month each child previously enrolled will have first access for enrollment of the next month.

Late Registration

If you do not register your child by the 7th of each month you will have until the 14th to register with a $25 late fee per child. All registration is done online, and the fee will automatically apply to your monthly tuition payment. After the 14th of the month your child will no longer be enrolled in the program and a wait listed child will be contacted for enrollment.

Wait List

This year each program at each school will have a limited capacity of enrollment. Any child registered after the limited capacity amount will be placed on a wait list for the next month. On the 15th of each month if there is space in the program the parent of a wait listed child will be notified to enroll on the program and pay tuition by the 20th, if payment is not received the next wait listed child will be notified for the spot.

How to create an account?

The Recreation Department has a new Registration software system, called Rec Desk. We highly suggest that all families including CCS families, create an account before enrollment opens on August 4th. 

The link to setup an account with the new system is: https://oldbridgerec.recdesk.com/Community/Home  

Setting up your account prior to the August 4th enrollment date will make the process much easier and time efficient. A friendly reminder we can only accept online registrations. This year’s enrollment will be a first come, first serve basis. Each program will have a limited capacity and a wait list system will be in place for each school.

Once you create your account make sure you add your child or children, as household members to your account.

How to register and enroll?

After you have completed your account set up, on August 4th at 6pm, you will log into Rec Desk and click on the Before & After Care button on the home page.

In this section you will choose the correct school your child will be attending for the Fall 2021 school year. After selecting the school, you will need to select the member, which will be your child. Below you will choose which program fits your child needs for care. At the bottom of the page, there will be important information our administrative staff need to know for your child’s records. 

Next, you will be brought to a checkout page and be prompted to fill out the appropriate forms for our administrative staff to enroll your child into the program. Please complete checkout by paying the tuition fee. Please note your registration will not be considered complete until the required tuition payment is made at time of enrollment.

If you have any questions with this process, please call our office for assistance 732-721-5600 ext. 2390 or 2395.

Financial Assistance

If you are in need of financial assistance for your child's daycare, please contact Community Child Care Solutions at (732)-324-4357. They are based out of Perth Amboy, NJ 08861.   You can also visit their webpage at https://www.communitychildcaresolutions.org/contact-us.  The township does not offer any assistance programs or scholarships.

Special Notes

If you need Before and After School but only need Before for 3 days and After for 5 days, you must choose the Before and After Combination for 5 days. If you need Before for 5 days and After for 3 days, you still must also enroll in the Before/After combination for 5 days.

Refund Policy

A refund will be given ONLY if written notice is received by the 7th of the month prior. If you decide you don't need the service for a particular month, you can email us at afterschool@oldbridge.com. Notification received later than the 7th will result in NO refund given.

There is also no refund or credits given if your child is sick and misses a day or if we close the program early because of inclement weather. 

We do not give refund or credits for days missed because our program doesn't charge additional fees for the 15 extra half days in which your child will be in our program from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. instead of the normal operating hours of 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Change of Personal Information

Please note if you need to make any changes to your child's information you must inform our office.  This includes changes to any of your phone numbers, emergency contacts, child's school, medical history, address change, etc.  please email us at afterschool@oldbridge.com

Change of Program Requests

If you need to make changes to the program your child is enrolled in, you must do so by the 7th of the month. Please be advised due to enrollment limits this year any program change requests will be processed if there is availability in the program. If there is no availability your change request will not be processed, and you will be placed on the wait list for that program. Please email us at afterschool@oldbridge.com.

For example, if your child is enrolled for Before Care only and you wish to change your program to After Care only or a combo of Before and After Care your request will only be processed if there is an open spot in our After Care program. If there are no available spots you will be placed on the waitlist for the After Care program.

Delayed Opening & Early Closing Policy Because of Inclement/Severe Weather

In case of a delayed school opening, Before School childcare will be canceled, but After School care is held as usual until 6:00 pm. Our After School program does not operate when schools have an emergency closing in the event of snow, extreme heat, or other severe weather. 

Parents will receive alerts through our Rec. Desk software. Please make sure to add your cell phone numbers, cell phone carriers and email addresses to your child's account.

It is up to the parents/guardians to make alternative arrangements in advance of snow, heat, or severe weather-related early closings.  You must contact the school's main office if your child attends the After School program and will be going home on the bus, as a walker, or if somebody will be picking them up at the school on days our program is closed because of inclement/severe weather.

Scheduled Half Days & Drop-In Program           

The After School program is available on all scheduled half days at NO extra cost to students enrolled in the After School Only Program and the Before and After School combination.