"The AlphaBEST program has been a nice addition to MES in providing high quality, structured before and after care for our students. The AlphaBEST Program uses a curriculum that is theme based and integrates activities that are both academic, fun and stimulating for students. Students participate in these activities in the gym, cafeteria and computer lab at the school. Students attending the AlphaBEST Before/After Care Program are enjoying the varied activities that allow them to use both gross and fine motor skills and be intellectually challenged. How a child begins their day certainly has a big influence on their success at school during the day. The morning activities provided by AlphaBEST certainly get our students ready for learning each day by allowing them to participate in intellectually stimulating activities. The afternoon activities allows for students to unwind with some structured activities in the gym and then planned activities are also provided to supplement what they have learned during the school day.
I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to give a scholarship to the AlphaBEST Program for a student who may not have been able to attend the program. Based on the high enrollment of students in the program at MES, one scholarship has been awarded. Making sure that students are not left at or sent home to an empty home and that their morning and afternoons are filled with fun-filled activities that will help to accentuate their educational program at school, is very important to me. I am glad to have this program at Matapeake Elementary School and I am pleased with the positive effects that I see it having on the students who attend the program."
Carol M. Kamp, Principal, Matapeake Elementary School, Queen Anne's County, Maryland
“My daughter attends Southwest Elementary and participates in the Alphabest Program under the direction of Ms. Mona Swain. I have been more than pleased with the care, character development, and enrichment she has received. As a parent and a teacher with WSFCS I have been impressed with what Alphabest has to offer. Abby receives care and love as well as truly exciting enrichment experiences. I would like to draw attention to just a few of the program highlights:
- I am particularly pleased with the STEM activities that Abby has taken part of, especially being that I am at Brunson (STEM Magnet)! Abby has been introduced to the design process in a hands on, exciting way. She has studied, built, and used technology in numerous projects.
- The children do not just have "free play" as physical education; they have structured sports and games with sporting equipment.
- My daughter particularly enjoys the visual and performing arts program. The children study a particular artist and then create a project that highlights the artist's traits. The group also participate in plays. Practicing in the auditorium on stage adds authenticity to the experience!
- Culture and foreign language activities have been engaging. Abby couldn't wait to show off her Chinese writing and practicing her basic Mandarin Chinese vocabulary!
- Abby actually receives assistance with her homework and review for tests, versus other programs that just tell the kids to do their work.
- The arts and crafts activities are fun, child centered, with quality materials used.
- The Alphabest teachers work with the children as well as play games with them. (Ms. Swain made a special trip to purchase a game favorite of my daughter's)
I know that at Alphabest my daughter receives top notch care and enrichment. Alphabest is a wonderful program; but honestly Ms. Swain should be recognized for producing such a caring , nurturing, child centered, knowledge based program at Southwest Elementary. Her work should be used as a model to showcase why Alphabest would best serve the WSFCS afterschool program."
Patricia A. Gulledge, Parent and Teacher Winston-Salem/ Forsyth County Schools, North Carolina
"It's a Saturday morning and my kid is telling me so many AphaBest stories. What he learned, some Spanish, stuff he did with other kids. And the way he truly enjoys his time there is comforting. I am impressed with your staff and the conduct, they have my kid whose never been crazy about "daycare" ever, interested and excited to share stuff with me.
I said it before and I'll say it again, I love this program! I adore your staff, good job!
Thank you for helping my son grow!"
Dee Romero, Parent
"For years, it's been a revolving door of before and after care programs and along with it, lots of issues. It seemed as though the problems would leave the before/after care program and enter our classrooms in the form of discipline concerns or physical injuries. It would literally put a knot in my stomach, worrying about the safety of the students and the integrity of the programs.
What a breath of fresh air AlphaBest has been! I watch how the caregivers interact with the students and how the students react to those involved with the program. There's structure, but it's still fun. There's organization and the program seems to be a natural extension of our philosophy at South Jefferson."
Keri A. Mahoney, Head Teacher , South Jefferson Elementary, West Virginia
"Alpha Best is a program that runs smoothly, independently and provides our district's children with purposeful and meaningful activities in a secure environment during the critical after school hours.
AlphaBest employs exceptional leaders who are child-centered and academically committed to excellence. In addition, their leadership is effective in the daily operations of the program and in their interactions with school administrators and parents. AlphaBest employees are knowledgeable of local expectations that range from curricular to custodial. We find them to be accommodating and eager to please in every regard. The local management team is in close contact with the daily operations on each campus and responsive to any questions or concerns that may arise. What few problems that may arise in the course of a year on 28 campuses are immediately addressed and seldom, if ever, is there a need for them to be addressed a second time.
I can recommend the AlphaBest organization to any school district without hesitation or qualification."
Sally Turner, M. Ed., Facilitator of Special Projects, Frisco ISD, Frisco, TX
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