Before and After School Program Information

  • Programs
    We run several different before and after school programs: General Child Care, Kid Zone, 21st Century and ASES. Scroll down to read more about them. During the 2021-2022 school year, all registration for services will be processed at the Castro Plaza Family Resource Center. 


    ASES and 21St Century Community Learning Centers

    North Monterey County Unified School District conducts the After School Education and Safety (ASES) program and 21st Century Community Learning Centers for grades TK - 8th at the following sites:

    • Castroville Elementary School: ASES
    • Echo Valley Elementary School: ASES
    • Elkhorn Elementary School: ASES and 21st Century Community Learning Centers
    • Prunedale Elementary School: ASES
    • North Monterey County Middle School: ASES

    Enrollment is limited in the ASES Program and 21st Century Community Learning Centers. The ASES Program and 21st Century Community Learning Centers collaborates and integrates with the regular school day and other extended learning opportunities while providing a safe physical and emotional environment, opportunities for relationship building, and promotion of active student engagement through:

    • An educational and literacy element
    • An educational enrichment element

    The educational and literacy element includes tutoring and/or homework assistance designed to help students meet state standards in one or more of the following core academic subjects: language arts, mathematics, history and social science, science, or computer training.

    The educational enrichment element offers an array of additional services, programs, and activities that reinforce and complement the regular academic program to support positive youth development. Enrichment activities are designed to enhance the core curriculum.

    The program does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic group identification, race, ancestry, national origin, religion, color, or mental or physical disability in determining which children are served.

    21st Century Community Learning Centers Program Evaluation is available upon request by calling 831-633-5975 or emailing

    Hours of Operation
    The ASES program and 21st Century Community Learning Centers operate every regular school day, even if there is a “minimum day” schedule.
    The program begins at the end of the regular school day, and ends at 6:00 P.M.. There are no ASES program and 21st Century Community Learning Centers services on holidays or any other non-school days. 

    Attendance Policy
    Elementary school students must participate in the full program every day that it is in operation. Middle school students must participate at least nine hours per week and three days per week. Priority for enrollment shall be given to students who attend daily. 

    ASES Application

    During the summer, all applications must be submitted to the Castro Plaza Family Resource Center. All applications will be reviewed and notified by Friday, July 29, 2022 if accepted or placed on the waiting list for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year. Applications will be reviewed with first priority in the program being McKinney Vento and Foster Youth eligibility.

    Castroville Elementary School  
    ASES Coordinator: Vanessa Martinez
    Kid Zone Teacher: Sofia Cruz
    11161 Merritt Street
    Castroville, CA 95012
    (831) 676-7241

    Echo Valley Elementary School  
    ASES Coordinator: Abigial Zaldivar
    Kid Zone Teacher: Norma Armenta
    147 Echo Valley Road
    Salinas, CA 93907
    (831) 676-7482 

    Elkhorn Elementary School   
    ASES Coordinator: Marcy Ernst
    ASES/Kid Zone Teacher: TBA
    2235 Elkhorn Road
    Castroville, CA 95012
    (831) 676-7366 

    Prunedale Elementary School  
    ASES Coordinator: Alondra Bustos
    Kid Zone Teacher: Gardenia Garcia
    17719 Pesante Road
    Salinas, CA 93907
    (831) 676-7634

    North Monterey County Middle School   
    ASES Coordinator: Louisito Celestial
    10301 Seymour Street
    Castroville, CA 95012
    (831) 676-7351


    General Child Care Program
    Subsidized child care is provided before and after school, and during non-school days and throughout vacation periods. The subsidized child care services may qualify for free child care services through the State General Child Care program. The program operates at each elementary school site on regular school days and on non-school days at Castroville Elementary School only. For more information, call the Castro Plaza Family Resource Center at 633-5975.


    Kid Zone
    Kid Zone is a fee-based child care program at Castroville, Echo Valley, Elkhorn, and Prunedale Elementary School and on non-school days at Castroville Elementary School only.

    Students enrolled in Transitional Kindergarten through 6th grade may enroll in the Kid Zone Program. All enrollment is conducted at the Csatro Plaza Family Resource Center.
    Required documentation enrollment includes:

    • Proof of Immunizations
    • Recent physical examination results
    • Proof of family income
    • Birth Certificates for all children in the family
    • Proof of need for child care

    Important Kidzone Forms:

    • Rate Schedule 
    • Enrollment Contract
    • Tasa de Cuotas
    • Contracto de Matriculación

    Kid Zone Program Office 
    Castro Plaza Family Resource Center
    10601 McDougall Street
    Castroville, CA 95012
    831 633-5975
    FAX 831 633-5981
    Location Map

    Main Office Staff
    Noemy Loveless, Director
    Jessica Munoz, Administraive Assistant
    Adriana Dominguez, Community Liaison
    831 633-5977

    Site Staff Directory
    Castroville Elementary School Kid Zone
    831 633-5980
    Sofia Cruz, Teacher

    Echo Valley Elementary School Kid Zone
    831 663-4142
    Teacher, TBA

    Elkhorn Elementary School Kid Zone
    831 633-2213
    Teacher, TBA

    Prunedale Elementary School Kid Zone
    831 663-6000
    Gardenia Garcia, Teacher