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  • Are the Alameda Arts after school programs onsite at the schools?
    Yes and No! We are onsite at Maya Lin, Nea and Otis schools. The children come directly to us after school and we stay on campus. We are off-site with our Paden School group. We walk to our site on Ballena Blvd.
  • Are snacks provided?
    Yes, we provide healthy snacks each afternoon. We always have fruit or vegetables and a protein such as cheese or yogurt.
  • Does Alameda Arts cover early release days?
    Yes, we do.
  • Are school holidays covered?
    No, Alameda Arts provides after school programming only when the children have school. If the students are not at school there is no regular programming.
  • Do kids have outside time?
    Yes, they do! We offer children the choice to be inside or outside. They are free to play on the yard and play structure or participate in the organized activities we offer at Maya Lin, Nea and Otis. Our Paden site offers time at a small beach and adventure walks.
  • What does an average day look like at Alameda Arts?
    The children come to us at the end of their school day, they check in with our staff and we serve a healthy snack. At Maya Lin, Nea and Otis, our room operates like an art lab with a designated project each day and the ability for children to build, create and play with lots of materials on their own. Staff supervise all sites where children are playing enabling the children to move in and out at will. At Paden, children can choose to spend their time in any one of room in our Ballena site encouraging creative play. doing homework, building and creating.
  • What do you do on a rainy day?
    We love rainy days! If it’s not pouring rain, we play outside. We offer a variety of indoor activities in addition to our daily art projects. Some of our favorite activities are Personal Best Olympics, sticky note dancing, and playing with playdough. We stay busy.
  • What is your student to teacher ratio?
    We maintain a ratio of 15 to 1. We also hire school helpers, often alumni of our program, in addition to the adults staff members allowing for lots of big friends for the kids
  • How do we sign up for the after school program?
    Contact Alameda Arts at for availability and enrollment details.
  • How are billing and payment set up?
    The monthly installments are automatically charged to the credit card on file. Alameda Arts' fees are based on the annual cost of the program spread out over regular monthly installments, regardless of the number of days attended in a given month. Accordingly, Alameda Arts does not prorate for absences, including for reasons of holiday, illness, vacation or school closure.
  • Why don't you charge less during holiday months?
    We charge a set amount every month so that our families can budget accordingly. We do not charge extra for longer months or 1/2 days. The set monthly installment is 10% of the cost for the full year. Families pay from August through June.
  • Are scholarships available?
    We have limited availability at our sites for need based scholarships.
  • How do we sign up for summer camp?
    Summer camp signup begins in February on a first come, first served basis.
  • How do you choose the staff for Alameda Arts?
    We find most of our staff through friends and family networks. Our staff must pass a Live Scan screening with the Department of Justice and have proof of a negative TB text to work with children. We understand the importance of community and employ high schoolers so our students have big friends and we have many former middle school students who drop in to visit and play. We provide professional development and ongoing training for all of our staff.
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