Top After School Programs near Denville, NJ

With summer nearing its end and the days until back to school quickly ticking by, now is the time to assemble an afterschool plan for the 2015-2016 school year. Denville area parents who are still on the fence about where to enroll luckily have several highly regarded programs offered in the area. Check out our guide to the top three afterschool programs in and around Denville to help you choose the spot that best suits you and your family’s needs.

1. The Learning Experience

The Learning Experience in Denville provides a variety of specialized daycare curricula for younger children in addition to afterschool programs for kids through age 13. The Learning Experience’s afterschool care is suited to working adult schedules. If your child attends a local elementary school, The Learning Experience will provide safe transportation from your child’s school to the care center. Extended afterschool evening care with a nutritious dinner and nighttime pickup is also available.

The daily schedule for post-school play at The Learning Experience includes snack time, homework help, group activities, and access to private lessons in piano or singing.

All Learning Experience staff are certified teachers with an elementary education focus. The Learning Experience provides children with a variety of engaging and fun activities for optimal engagement in a safe environment, including dance, theater, music, and crafts.

2. Lakeland Hills YMCA

YMCA fun is coming to Denville’s elementary schools! If your child attends Riverview School or Lakeview School, the Lakeland Hills YMCA’s Kids Club has the afterschool day covered from the final dismissal bell until 6 pm.

Providing children with many opportunities to learn and have fun in a supervised environment, Kids Club kids also benefit from participating in the Horizon Foundation’s integrated Healthy U program during afterschool care. Healthy U helps kids understand the importance of eating well and being active by learning about nutrition and daily fitness time.

If you’re interested in the kids’ club, enroll soon. You must register online by August 21 for your child to start on the first day of school. But don’t worry, if you miss this deadline your child is still eligible to participate in this wonderful afterschool program. All other registrations must be negotiated with the program director, Shannon Quinn ( with the allotted time of five business days to start on either the 15th or 30th of the month.

3. Greatstart Early Learning

The Great Afternoons program from Greatstart Early Learning in Denville provides kids ages 5 to 13 with a secure place to relax after the school day. Great Afternoons focuses on equal parts guided discovery and leisure time with indoor and outdoor play and a peaceful environment to work through homework (with assistance if needed). An array of science- and art-based activities engage your child’s creativity, while fun group games teach the meaning of taking turns and acquiring responsibility.

In addition to transportation from local schools to the learning center, Greatstart provides extra availability when parents need it most, whether that’s care over school holidays, weather-related school closings, or family emergencies.

No matter which program you decide to choose, it’s important to call and enroll quickly to avoid ending up on a wait list. And if you need a reliable ride for drop-offs and pickups during the work week, come down to Salerno Duane Infiniti’s showroom at 3103 Route 10 East for a top-notch selection of new and used INFINITI models.