B.E.S.T. After School Program

Phone: (831) 784-2216

Email: mbeltran@salinascity.k12.ca.us



The Best of Education and Safety Time (B.E.S.T.) After School Program,  funded by an  After School Education & Safety program (ASES)  grant, provides a safe, structured, supportive environment for students after the regular school day ends. The B.E.S.T. Program is provided at no cost to families who are working or attending school during program hours. As required by the grant, priority enrollment is given to students identified as homeless or foster youth.  


Applications are being accepted at the 11 sites with BEST, the District Office and online.  Some sites fill up quickly and it is first come first served everywhere except for priority enrollment given to students currently enrolled in BEST ( and their younger siblings entering school) if they apply during the priority enrollment period of March 1-April 1.  After April 1, it is first come first served even for students currently enrolled in BEST.  Foster and Homeless Youth are eligible for priority enrollment year round on a space available basis.

Enrollment is limited at each site and is based on a first-come-first-served basis. Applications for the 2019-20 School Year ARE NOW AVAILABLE.


The B.E.S.T. program involves collaboration among parents, youth, representatives from schools and government agencies, and individuals from community-based organizations and the private sector. The program is offered at eleven of our school sites.  Programs provide literacy, academic enrichment, and safe, constructive alternatives for students in first through sixth grades beginning at the time of dismissal from the regular school day and ending at 6:00 p.m. each school day.  For the 2018-19 school year, the dismissal schedules for Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten do not allow for children in those grades to remain on campus continuously until the program starts and, for this reason, the program is unable to accommodate these students in the program.  


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Brian Hays

Administrator of Extended Learning (831) 784 - 2259 bhays@salinascity.k12.ca.us 

Melissa Beltran

Typist Clerk ll  (831) 784-2216 mbeltran@salinascity.k12.ca.us