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Since 2001, Newton Center has provided the San Francisco Bay Area with academic after school care programs, camps and enrichment classes. Our mission is to offer quality, affordable academic programs to the families in our communities. Our programs provide students with a fun and educational environment to continue learning outside the classroom.  Newton Center Inc. is a place for your child to pursue academic excellence in a positive environment.

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AFTER SCHOOL CARE

What does your After School Care for 1st-5th graders include?

Study Hall

At Newton Center we put homework first. In Study Hall students complete homework, review school-based learning and prepare for new material with qualified instructors on-hand to answer questions. We offer support with special projects, exams, and extracurricular activities to promote your child’s academic success.

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Reading

As the gateway to new vocabulary, information and writing skills, reading is crucial to long-term academic success. Children who read frequently are more likely to perform better in school and on standardized tests. At Newton Center students engage in literacy activities for 20-30 minutes each day. After reading, comprehension skills are bolstered by summarizing and discussing the passage with fellow classmates. Instructors read aloud to students still learning to read and encourage discussions about what was heard.

Variety of Academic Workbooks

In addition to homework assistance. Newton Center provide each student with supplemental academic workbooks. Created by renowned academic publishers. Carson Dellosa. each workbook is specifically designed to reinforce school-based learning, as well as enhance academic skills in a gradual, step-by-step fashion. With the help of Newton workbooks, students avoid confusion and acquire more thorough knowledge of core subject matters. Workbook topics include: Math. Science. Reading Comprehension. Grammar. Handwriting and Mind Puzzles. For older students. Newton workbooks focus on grade-specific concepts, such as multiplying and dividing fractions or decimals. Spanish workbooks are available for those in Spanish-speaking classes.

Fun Educational Activities

On minimum days and Fridays. Newton Center offers activities designed not only to help students enhance academic success. but also to foster supportive relationships with their peers, parents, and community. Activities tackle challenges students face both in school and in everyday life in a fun interactive format, ranging from playing math jeopardy to designing a marketable toy.

Outdoor Flay

Newton Center allocate ample time for your child to play outdoors as we strongly believe in the benefits of physical activity. especially after a long day at school. On minimum days, our staff organizes sports games for all to enjoy and makes every effort to encourage your child to be active during this time.

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Healthy SnacKs

We prepare healthful snacks such as fresh fruit, vegetables, yogurt, cheese and granola bars for our students each day. A variety of snacks are included to ensure that children with allergies or dietary restrictions are adequately provided for.

Experienced Teachers

Our teachers are highly qualified. All Newton Center instructors have undergone a thorough and extensive background check. Many hold advanced degrees in child development and/or years of experience in childhood education. Additionally. Newton Center provides staff trainings on positive reinforcement tools. CPR. and math skills. Our organization upholds the highest standards in training instructors to motivate and engage students, as well as to proactively communicate with parents and school faculty members concerning the progress of each student.

WHAT DAYS IS NEWTON AFTER SCHOOL CARE AVAILABLE?

Newton offers After School Care each day that school is in session.

DO YOU PROVIDE AFTER SCHOOL CARE ON HOLIDAYS AND SCHOOL BREAKS?

Newton Center does not provide After School Care on days when school is not in session. At some Newton locations, a separate Newton Camp Program is offered for an additional cost. See below for more information about our Camps.

WHAT ARE THE HOURS OF THE AFTER SCHOOL CARE PROGRAM?

Newton’s After School Care program provides care from school dismissal until 6:00pm each day that schools are in session. Newton provides After School Care on minimum days (including parent teacher conference weeks) from the time school is dismissed until 6:00 pm.

HOW DO I REGISTER MY CHILD FOR AFTER SCHOOL CARE?

To register your child for After School Care, please click here. Select the location where you would like to register, then you follow the prompt to create an account or login to your previously created account.

HOW MUCH DOES THE NEWTON AFTER SCHOOL CARE PROGRAM COST?

Each Newton Center location sets its own tuition based on location, calendar, and your child’s grade. Please follow the registration link from our homepage to view the cost for each program.

ARE COSTS PRORATED IF I ENROLL MY CHILD MID-YEAR?

Yes. Newton’s After School Care program is prorated if you begin mid-year. When you complete the registration process, you will see that our system automatically pro-rates the tuition depending on your child’s start date.

DOES MY CHILD NEED TO BE ENROLLED EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK?

No! All Newton Center locations offer programs that are less than five days per week. Depending on availability, you may enroll your child in any program you wish. Please note that you may change the days you would like your child to attend only once per calendar year (two times per school year). All changes depend on availability.

WHAT IF YOUR PROGRAM IS FULL ON THE DAYS MY CHILD NEEDS AFTER SCHOOL CARE?

If the program or days you would like to register for are full, please email office@newtoncenter.org to add yourself to the waiting list. We will do our best to accommodate your After School Care needs.

HOW CAN I MAKE PAYMENTS TO NEWTON CENTER?

Newton’s After School Care program is based on a yearly tuition. Payments are broken into ten equal payments. You may pay by check or by credit card. For those paying by check, payments are scheduled on the 25th of each month from July to April. For those paying by credit card, payments are scheduled for either the 10th or 25th of each month from August to May. A $50 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration, and is applied towards the yearly tuition.

Payments received five or more days past their due date are considered late and incur a $30 late payment fee. Returned checks incur a $50 service fee.

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WHAT IS YOUR REFUND POLICY?

Newton’s After School Care does not offer refunds. Newton’s tuition is not calculated on whether your child attends Newton or not. Therefore, the tuition is a flat rate and is due whether or not your child attended Newton for a day because of illness, doctor’s appointments, play dates, etc.

WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?

Newton Center’s cancellation policy allows you to cancel at any time for the following month (i.e., you may cancel anytime in September for October 1st). A $150 cancellation fee is charged to cover tuition costs included in the yearly tuition, such as added care on minimum days. Upon cancellation in any given month, your child will be able to attend Newton through the end of that calendar month.

HOW DO I GET RECEIPTS?

Receipts are automatically generated and stored in your Newton Center online account. To download your receipt, simply log in to your account, select the program for which you paid, then download your receipt on the right hand column of the page.

DOES NEWTON CENTER OFFER FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE?

Yes. we offer need-based scholarships! Please email office@newtoncenter.org to request a scholarship application. Please note, scholarships are not guaranteed and you must complete and submit an application to be eligible for financial support.

As part of our mission. Newton Center also offers scholarships to all employees of an elementary school district. If you qualify for this scholarship, please email office@newtoncenter.org.

DOES NEWTON CENTER OFFER FAMILY DISCOUNTS IF I HAVE MORE THAN ONE CHILD?

Yes! We offer a sibling discount for families registering two or more kids in a five-day program. We offer $30 off per month for each additional child. This discount does not apply to programs that are less than 5 days per week. To receive the discount. complete your Newton Center After School Care Application and email office@newtoncenter.org. We will manually apply your discount.

WHAT IS YOUR LATE PICKUP POLICY?

After School Care is provided until 6:00pm. After 6pm. there is a $20 late fee for the first 10 minutes or fraction thereof, plus an additional $1/minute after 6:10pm.

KINDERGARTEN AFTER SCHOOL CARE

What does your Kindergarten After School Care include?

Kindergarten Classes

Newton Center Kindergarten After School Care focuses on engaging your child in fun activities that extends their learning beyond the classroom. In the fall, activities emphasize reviewing and teaching basic skills, such as handwriting, letter recognition. phonics and beginning math skills. Once these basic skills are established, fun activities expand to include a word of the week, science projects, art. crafts, music and more.

Reading

As the gateway to new vocabulary, information, and writing skills, reading is crucial to long-term academic success. Children who read frequently are more likely to perform better in school and on standardized tests. At Newton Center students engage in literacy activities for 20-30 minutes each day. After reading, comprehension skills are bolstered by summarizing and discussing the passage with fellow classmates. Instructors read aloud to students still learning to read then encourage discussions about what was heard.

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Variety of Academic Workbooks

In addition to homework assistance. Newton Center provide each student with supplemental academic workbooks. Created by renowned academic publishers. Carson Dellosa. each workbook is specifically designed to reinforce school-based learning, as well as enhance academic skills in a gradual, step-by-step fashion. With the help of Newton workbooks, students avoid confusion and acquire more thorough knowledge of core subject matters. Workbook topics include: Math. Science. Reading Comprehension. Grammar. Handwriting and Mind Puzzles. For older students. Newton workbooks focus on grade-specific concepts, such as multiplying and dividing fractions or decimals. Spanish workbooks are available for those in Spanish-speaking classes.

On minimum days and Fridays. Newton Center offers activities designed not only to help students enhance academic success. but also to foster supportive relationships with their peers, parents, and community. Activities tackle challenges students face both in school and in everyday life in a fun interactive format, ranging from playing math jeopardy to designing a marketable toy.

Outdoor Play

Newton Center allocate ample time for your child to play outdoors as we strongly believe in the benefits of physical activity. especially after a long day at school. On minimum days, our staff organizes sports games for all to enjoy and makes every effort to encourage your child to be active during this time.

Healthy Snacks

We prepare healthful snacks such as fresh fruit, vegetables, yogurt, cheese and granola bars for our students each day. A variety of snacks are included to ensure that children with allergies or dietary restrictions are adequately provided for.

Experienced Teachers

Our teachers are highly qualified. All Newton Center instructors have undergone a thorough and extensive background check. Many hold advanced degrees in child development and/or years of experience in childhood education. Additionally. Newton Center provides staff trainings on positive reinforcement tools. CPR. and math skills. Our organization upholds the highest standards in training instructors to motivate and engage students, as well as to proactively communicate with parents and school faculty members concerning the progress of each student.

WHEN IS NEWTON KINDERGARTEN AFTER SCHOOL CARE AVAILABLE?

Newton offers Kindergarten After School Care every day that school is in session.

DO YOU PROVIDE KINDERGARTEN AFTER SCHOOL CARE ON HOLIDAYS AND SCHOOL BREAKS?

Newton Center does not provide Kindergarten After School Care on days when school is not in session. At some Newton locations, a separate Newton Camp Program is offered for an additional cost. See below for more information about our Camps.

WHAT ARE THE HOURS OF THE KINDERGARTEN AFTER SCHOOL CARE PROGRAM?

Newton’s After School Care program provides care from school dismissal until 6:00pm each day that schools are in session. Newton provides After School Care on minimum days (including parent teacher conference weeks) from the time school is dismissed until 6:00 pm.

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HOW DO I REGISTER MY CHILD FOR KINDERGARTEN AFTER SCHOOL CARE?

To register your child for Kindergarten After School Care, please click here. Select the location where you would like to register, then you follow the prompt to create an account or login to your previously created account.

HOW MUCH DOES THE KINDERGARTEN AFTER SCHOOL CARE PROGRAM COST?

Each Newton Center location sets its own tuition based on location, calendar, and your child’s grade. Please follow the registration link from our homepage to view the cost for each program.

ARE COSTS PRORATED IF I ENROLL MY CHILD MID-YEAR? / I

Yes. Newton’s Kindergarten After School Care program is prorated if you begin mid-year. When you complete the registration process, you will see that our system automatically pro-rates the tuition depending on your child’s start date.

DOES MY CHILD NEED TO BE ENROLLED EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK?

No! All Newton Center locations offer programs that are less than five days per week. Depending on availability, you may enroll your child in any program you wish. Please note that you may change the days you would like your child to attend only once per calendar year (two times per school year). All changes depend on availability.

WHAT IF YOUR PROGRAM 15 FULL ON THE DAYS MY CHILD NEEDS KINDERGARTEN AFTER SCHOOL CARE?

If the program or days you would like to register for are full, please email office@newtoncenter.org to add yourself to the waiting list. We will do our best to accommodate your After School Care needs.

HOW CAN I MAKE PAYMENTS NEWTON CENTER?

Newton’s After School Care program is based on a yearly tuition. Payments are broken into ten equal payments. You may pay by check or by credit card. For those paying by check, payments are scheduled on the 25th of each month from July to April. For those paying by credit card, payments are scheduled for either the 10th or 25th of each month from August to May. A $50 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration, and is applied towards the yearly tuition.

Payments received five or more days past their due date are considered late and incur a $30 late payment fee. Returned checks incur a $50 service fee.

WHAT IS YOUR REFUND POLICY?

Newton’s Kindergarten After School Care does not offer refunds. Newton’s tuition is not calculated on whether your child attends Newton or not. Therefore, the tuition is a flat rate and is due whether or not your child attended Newton for a day because of illness, doctor’s appointments, play dates, etc.

WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?

Newton Center’s cancellation policy allows you to cancel at any time for the following month (i.e. you may cancel anytime in September for October 1st). A $150 cancellation fee is charged to cover tuition costs included in the yearly tuition, such as added care on minimum days. Upon cancellation in any given month, your child will be able to attend Newton through the end of that calendar month.

HOW DO I GET RECEIPTS?

Receipts are automatically generated and stored in your Newton Center online account. To download your receipt, simply log in to your account, select the program for which you paid, then download your receipt on the right hand column of the page.

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DOES NEWTON CENTER OFFER FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE?

Yes. we offer need-based scholarships! Please email office@newtoncenter.org to request a scholarship application. Please note, scholarships are not guaranteed and you must complete and submit an application to be eligible for financial support.

As part of our mission. Newton Center also offers scholarships to all employees of an elementary school district. If you qualify for this scholarship, please email office@newtoncenter.org.

DOES NEWTON CENTER OFFER FAMILY DISCOUNTS IF I HAVE MORE THAN ONE CHILD?

Yes! We offer a sibling discount for families registering two or more kids in a five-day program. We offer $30 off per month for each additional child. This discount does not apply to programs that are less than 5 days per week. To receive the discount. complete your Newton Center After School Care Application and email office@newtoncenter.org. We will manually apply your discount.

WHAT IS YOUR LATE PlCKUR POLICY?

Kindergarten After School Care is provided until 6:00pm. After 6pm. there is a $20 late fee for the first 10 minutes or fraction thereof, plus an additional $1/minute after 6:10pm.

CAMP

Can you tell me more about Newton Center Camps?

No school day, summer camp, spring camp and winter camp

These camps are whole day camps that focus on fun educational activities. Each day of camp offers a variety of activities that incorporate subjects such as Art. Science. Music. Cooking and Sports.

Travel camp

During Travel Camp your child will enjoy an unforgettable experience at some of the Bay Area’s most famous kid-friendly and educational destinations. Sightseeing destinations include: the SF Exploratorium, the San Francisco Zoo and Stowe Lake for Boat Rides, and.

Jewelry camp

Jewelry Camp teaches your child about the basics of beading and jewelry design. Students will explore the use of memory wire, various beading techniques and stringing. Each week students will create their own clay pendant.

WHEN ARE NEWTON CAMPS OFFERED?

Newton Center hosts Camps throughout the academic year when no school is held. Our Camp schedule for each school year is announced in August. Our Summer Camp schedule is announced in mid-January.

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ARE CAMPS INCLUDED WITH THE AFTER SCHOOL CARE/KINDERGARTEN AFTER SCHOOL CARE TUITION

No. Camp costs are not included in the After School Care or Kindergarten After School Care Tuition.

HOW MUCH DO NEWTON CAMPS COST?

Camp costs vary based on the type of camp and number of days registered. Week-long registrations are often offered at a reduced price. Exact pricing may be found by logging onto the Newton Center website and selecting the Camp Registration link.

WHAT HOURS ARE THE CAMPS?

Our Camps are usually offered 8am-6pm. Select Camps have more limited time frames. Exact Camp hours may be found by logging into your Newton Center website and selecting the Camp Registration Link.

WHERE ARE NEWTON CAMPS LOCATED?

Our Camps are held at 1100 Middle Avenue in Menlo Park.

DO NEWTON CENTER CAMPS PROVIDE HOT LUNCH OR SNACKS FOR MY CHILD?

Newton Camps do not provide food. Please remember to send your child with enough food for the entire day.

WHAT DO l DO IF THE CAMP WE WANT IS FULL?

Please email office@newtoncenter.org to add yourself to the waiting list. We will do our best to accommodate your Camp care needs.

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WHO TEACHES AT NEWTON’S CAMPS?

Our camp instructors are the same as those who teach in our After School Care Programs. Our teachers are highly qualified. All Newton Center instructors hove undergone a thorough and extensive background check. Many hold advanced degrees in child development and/or years of experience in childhood education. Additionally. Newton Center provide staff training on positive reinforcement tools. CPR. and math skills. Our organization upholds the highest standards in training instructors to motivate and engage students, as well as to proactively communicate with parents and school faculty members concerning the progress of each student.

HOW CAN I MAKE PAYMENTS FOR NEWTON CENTER CAMPS?

Camp payments are due in full at the time of registration. You may select to pay by credit card or check.

Registration is canceled if checks are not received within 5 business days of a completed registration. If the Camp you have registered for is offered during this 5 day period, your account will incur a $50 late payment fee. All returned checks incur a $50 service fee.

WHAT ARE YOUR CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICIES FOR NEWTON CENTER CAMPS?

Camp registrations may be canceled with one month’s notice. To cancel your Camp registration, please email office@newtoncenter.org. Camp cancellations will incur a 10% service fee.

Camp registrations may not be canceled with less than one month’s notice. No refunds will be issued.

IF MY CHILD DOES NOT ATTEND CAMP CAN I RECEIVE A REFUND OR CREDIT?

If your child does not attend the Camp, you will not receive a refund or credit.

HOW DO I GET A RECEIPT?

Receipts are automatically generated and stored in your Newton Center online account. To download your receipt, please login to account, select program for which you paid and download your receipt.

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DOES NEWTON CENTER OFFER FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE?

Yes. we offer need-based scholarships! Please email office@newtoncenter.org to request a scholarship application. Please note, scholarships are not guaranteed and you must complete and submit an application to be eligible for financial support.

As part of our mission. Newton Center also offers scholarships to all employees of an elementary school district. If you qualify for this scholarship, please email office@newtoncenter.org.

DO YOU OFFER A FAMILY DISCOUNTS FOR NEWTON CENTER CAMPS?

Newton does not offer family discounts for Camps. We do offer sibling discounts for our regular After School Care programs.

WHAT IS YOUR LATE PICKUP POLICY?

Camps are provided until 6:00 pm (or until the time indicated at the time of Camp registration). If you pick up your child