A message from the Assistant Superintendent for Student and Family Services:

  • Dear NMCUSD Families, 
    We continue to provide essential child care for families as well as our staff members.  We are working to expand services at our elementary schools and the middle school.  Please watch our NMCUSD Essential Child Care Services video to find out more about our services.  If you are in need of child care services, please contact our Castro Plaza Family Resource Center (click here) for information and request an application form.

Before and After School Program Information

  • Programs
    We run three different before and after school programs: General Child Care, Kid Zone, and ASES. Scroll down to read more about them. During the 2020-2021 school year, all registration for services will be processed at the Castro Plaaza Family Resource Center. 

    General Child Care Program
    Subsidized child care is provided before and after school, and during non-school days and throughout vacation periods. The program operates at Castroville Elementary School on regular school days and on non-school days. Contact 633-5975.


    Kid Zone
    Kid Zone is a fee-based child care program at Castroville, Echo Valley, Elkhorn, and Prunedale Elementary Schools. At Castroville Elementary School families may qualify for free child care services through the State General Child Care program.

    Students enrolled in Kindergarten through 6th grade may enroll in the Kid Zone Program. All enrollment is conducted at the Kid Zone Program Central Office.
    Enrollment in the General Child Care program at Castroville Elementary School is based on income and need for child care. 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
    Selena Miranda, Secretary/Translator
    Adriana Dominguez, Community Liaison
    831 633-5977

    Site Staff Directory
    Castroville Elementary School Kid Zone
    831 633-5980
    Sofia Cruz, Teacher  scruz@nmcusd.org

    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  ggarcia@nmcusd.org



    North Monterey County Unified School District conducts the After School Education and Safety (ASES) program at:

    • Castroville Elementary School
    • Echo Valley Elementary School
    • Elkhorn Elementary School
    • Prunedale Elementary School
    • North Monterey County Middle School

    Enrollment is limited in the ASES Program. The ASES Program 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 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.

    Hours of Operation
    ASES program operates every regular school day, even if there is a “minimum day” schedule.
    The program begins as soon as the school day is over, and ends at 6:00 p.m. There are no ASES program 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

    Duirng the summer. all applications must be submitted to the Csatro Plaza Family Resource Center. All appilcations will be reviewed and notified by Friday, August 3 if accepted or placed on the waiting list for the upcomng 2018-2019 school year. 


    Castroville Elementary School  
    ASES Coordinator: Vanessa Martinez
    ASES/Kid Zone Teacher: Sofia Cruz
    11161 Merritt Street
    Castroville, CA 95012
    831 633-5980 

    Echo Valley Elementary School  
    ASES Coordinator: Irma Esparza
    ASES/Kid Zone Teacher: TBA
    147 Echo Valley Road
    Salinas, CA 93907
    831 663-4142 

    Elkhorn Elementary School   
    ASES Coordinator: Marcy Ernst
    ASES/Kid Zone Teacher: TBA
    2235 Elkhorn Road
    Castroville, CA 95012
    831 633-2213 

    Prunedale Elementary School  
    ASES Coordinator: Jennifer Gall
    ASES/Kid Zone Teacher: Gardenia Garcia
    17719 Pesante Road
    Salinas, CA 93907
    831 663-6000 

    North Monterey County Middle School   
    ASES Coordinator: TBA
    10301 Seymour Street
    Castroville, CA 95012
    831 633-3391