Before School Program Director: Janine Coppola
After School Program Director: Jennifer May

The Before School and After School Programs offer safe, quality care for children enrolled in the Montclair Cooperative School. All children from Pre-K through 8th Grade are eligible to use the program on a drop-in or full-time basis as long as they have a current Emergency Card on file with the school.

The Before School Program operates from 7.30 a.m. to 9.00 a.m. every day school is in session. The children start their morning in the Extended Care room (located in the basement of the building), where they can engage in a variety of activities including arts and crafts, board games, puzzles, and dramatic play. Should your child need breakfast, cereal is available. The children also play outdoors when weather permits.

The Before School Program can be used full-time or on a drop-in basis as needed. Children are signed in on arrival.

The After School Program operates from 3.15 p.m. – 6.00 p.m. every day school is in session, with the exception of specific days indicated on the school calendar. The children gather in the Extended Care room, which is set up for arts/crafts, blocks and manipulatives, dramatic play, reading, board games and puzzles. They also play outdoors and utilize the annex. See information about our Thursday Ice Skating below.

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Communication with parents and caregivers is an essential element of the program. Monthly calendars, notices, reminders and messages are sent home. For safety reasons, all children in the program must be signed out daily by a parent or caregiver.


Supervised homework time begins after the children have snack and time to unwind from the school day, and extends for up to 1 1/2 hours. Staff encourages a quiet and independent atmosphere while providing problem-solving assistance as needed. Please let the program director know if your child has special homework arrangements or materials. Please note: ASP does not provide tutorial services.


A nutritious snack is provided daily. Snack time ends at approximately 5:00 pm, so as not to interfere with dinner.

Fees and Fee Policies

Extended Care Program (for students enrolled in Pre-K – Grade 8)
Before School Program (7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.) Full Time*: $150/mo
Drop-In**: $15/day
After School Program (3:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.) Full Time*: $300/mo
Drop-In**: $20/day
Charges when ASP in session after a half day $20/day (12:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.)
$40/day (12:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

* Full Time:

  • Families will be billed monthly.
  • No credit is given for holidays or sick days.

** Drop-In:

  • Families will be billed monthly for dates attended.
  • Whether you need 10 minutes or 2 hours of care, the full per day fee will be charged.
  • When you know in advance that your child will be using after school, please send a note to your child’s teacher. If it is a last minute arrangement, parents MUST CALL THE SCHOOL FRONT OFFICE to provide notification.

Late Fees

Children who have not been picked up from school by 3:30 p.m. will be taken to ASP; families will be responsible for paying the $20 program fee. The ASP ends at 6:00 p.m. If you are late picking up your child, you are required to pay a late fee.The fee from 6:00 p.m. to 6:10 p.m. is $10.00. There is a further $5.00 fee for every additional 10 minutes or fraction thereof. The fee should be paid at the time of pick-up. If this is not possible, an invoice will be mailed to you specifying the amount you owe.

Billing Procedure

Daily attendance is taken in the ASP from which a bill will be generated for drop-in status. Charges for drop-in and full time will be included on your monthly bill. It is your responsibility to let the program director know of any changes in your status.

Ice Skating

Beginning in October, Ice Skating will be available every Thursday at the ASP program. Staff and students will leave school at 4:15 p.m. to walk to the Clary Anderson Arena located at 41 Chestnut Street (973-744-6088).

The skating session extends from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Pick-up and sign-out is from the Arena. More specific information will be provided closer to the activity date.

Please refer to the monthly ASP calendar posted on the main office door or to the school website for a monthly schedule of activities.