Berkeley’s Excellent Academic Road to Success
2020 Bonar Street, Suite 312, Berkeley, CA 94702
Tel: 510.644.7770 | Fax: 510.644.7726
Aaron Jorgensen, Extended Learning Program Supervisor
Renato Ramento, School Administrative Assistant – ECE
Tel: 510.644.8938 | Fax 510.644.6715
Hopkins Child Development Center – Registration Office
1810 Hopkins Street
Berkeley, CA 94707
The BEARS program provides academic support and enrichment/recreation activities both before and after school.
- Before School: 7:00AM until the start of the school day
- After School: End of the school day until 5:45PM
- Vacation: 7:30AM until 5:45PM
We are open 240 weekdays per year that includes all of Summer break and much of the Winter and Spring breaks (click here for current calendar).
The programs are in operation at seven (7) elementary school sites: Berkeley Arts Magnet, Jefferson, John Muir, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Sylvia Mendez, and Washington. Students who attend Thousand Oaks, Emerson, Cragmont, or Oxford can be bussed both before and after school from another site within their enrollment zone (Bus Zones Map).
BEARS Family Handbook: English
The academic support component consists of two major elements: homework assistance and academic enrichment activities. Homework assistance is conducted daily, utilizing both small-group and individual tutoring. Academic enrichment includes daily literacy activities, group read-alouds and guided, independent reading, utilizing books aligned to student levels. Online math intervention for students in 3rd – 5th grades using ST Math (a visual instructional program that builds a deep conceptual understanding of math concepts). Practice with technology through keyboarding programs and coding. BEARS also partners with UC Berkeley literacy tutors through the BUILD program. Tutors provide one-on-one support with reading and reading comprehension.
The enrichment/recreation component offers a wide variety of activities. These activities are offered by program staff and contracted specialists (many are shared between the BEARS and LEARNS programs). Multiple sessions are offered per year. Through our partnership with the City of Berkeley, we are able to offer our elementary school students an enhanced athletic program with organized teams of students from both the BEARS and LEARNS programs.
Staffing and Class Sizes
Each classroom is led by a Child Development Teacher (who has earned either a Child Development Teaching Permit or a Multi-Subject Teaching Credential) and an Instructional Assistant. The maximum BEARS classroom size of 28 students allows us to maintain a 14:1 student-to-adult ratio.
The BEARS program is funded through the California Department of Child Development and all families must meet both income requirements and must demonstrate a need for care.
Income requirements are set by the state, based on the State Median Income and family size. Click here for Fee Calculator. Families that are below 40% of the State Median Income have no cost for care. Nearly all of the students who attend during the school year are considered to be part-time students (less than 6.5 hours per day). All BUSD students are eligible to participate in the BEARS program, but families whose income exceeds the Fee Schedule limits are required to pay full cost (click here for chart).
Need for care requires that parents provide documentation that shows that they need services for their child. These are most commonly: a self-declaration of seeking work (temporary, summer only), work schedules, class schedules or disability. Additional time will be allotted for travel and school work.
If space at the program becomes limited, younger students are given priority over older students; however, most sites are able to accommodate all students K-5. Concurrent enrollment in both the LEARNS and BEARS programs is allowed so students can take advantage of the BEARS morning or summer programs. Drop-in students are not allowed.
We are now accepting applications for the current school year. Please select the link below to download an application. They are also available at the BAM, Jefferson, John Muir, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Sylvia Mendez, and Washington school sites.
- Year-Round BEARS Application: English | Español
- Employee Verification Form: English | Español
- Parental Incapacity Form
Please submit your applications to:
1810 Hopkins Street
Berkeley, CA 94707
Schedule an Appointment
Once all forms are completed, please call 510.644.8938 to schedule an appointment.