About

Village Extended Day Services is committed to providing the highest quality before and after school experiences. We have over 40 years of childcare experience and provide excellence through our unique approach.

When you enroll your child in our program, you can work without guilt, knowing your child is in a safe, nurturing environment before and after school. 

Families love our balance of structure and variety, with plenty of opportunities for learning, exercise, social development, and fun.

Our Programs

Our morning program offers children a safe place to relax, read, and play quietly before school.

In our afternoon program, children complete homework, strengthen STEM skills, participate in community service, explore arts and crafts, play outside, and much more. Explore our locations below for more information on the programs and activities we provide.

By offering on-site care at four locations, we strive to be the most convenient option for working parents in St Johns County. Click a location below to learn more about before and after school care that fits your busy schedule and supports your child’s personal growth and self-confidence.

Testimonials

We provide energetic environments that are nurturing and filled with a variety of structured activities that provide opportunities for learning, exercise, social development, and FUN! Parents are assured that children are properly supervised and provided with engaging and stimulating experiences with an appropriate balance between homework, exercise, skill development, and social activities. We strive to exceed parent expectations in all aspects and to truly partner together in order to achieve the highest level of success for each child.

We believe that we have a tremendous opportunity to positively impact the lives of children by encouraging team building, friendship skills, volunteerism, and personal growth. Our counselors not only model appropriate social interactions but provide opportunities to promote social functioning and directly teach appropriate ways to interact and handle problems with friends as well as provide a mentor relationship with children. We ensure that children know they are safe, secure, and loved regardless of their behavior on a given day. Our counselors strive to promote friendships among children recognizing that social growth and support will provide a strong foundation for children’s character development and future life skills. 

Dear Picolata Crossing Elementary School Parents,

I would like to welcome you to the Picolata Crossing Elementary School Extended Day program I am excited to be apart of the Puma family,and beyond grateful to have you apart of the Village Extended Day program at Picolata Crossing Elementary School. I’m looking forward to an awesome, exciting school year.

My name is James McMillian, and I am the Program Director of the Picolata Crossing Elementary School Extended Day program. Here is a little about me. I was born and raised in St. Augustine FL, I attended local schools up until college. I was an honor graduate from First Coast Technical College in 2010 as well as a high school honor graduate all in the same year! I attended SouthEastern University where I earned my Childcare Development Associate certification (CDA) As well as my Director’s Credential. I started working with kids at the age of 17 while completing my internship at a local childcare facility. That opportunity really sparked my passion for working with kids. I was employed with the St. John’s County School district for many years working as an ESE Paraprofessional where I won school related staff of the year. I have been a part of Village Extended Day Services since March 2019, starting as a counselor.

The upcoming school year will be very exciting and full of new opportunities for growth, endless learning experiences and lots of FUN for your children. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. You can find my contact information below.

All the best,
James McMillian
Program Director of Picolata Crossing Extended Day
Phone: 904-615-4415
Email: [email protected]

About Us

We provide energetic environments that are nurturing and filled with a variety of structured activities that provide opportunities for learning, exercise, social development, and FUN! Parents are assured that children are properly supervised and provided with engaging and stimulating experiences with an appropriate balance between homework, exercise, skill development, and social activities. We strive to exceed parent expectations in all aspects and to truly partner together in order to achieve the highest level of success for each child.

We believe that we have a tremendous opportunity to positively impact the lives of children by encouraging team building, friendship skills, volunteerism, and personal growth. Our counselors not only model appropriate social interactions but provide opportunities to promote social functioning and directly teach appropriate ways to interact and handle problems with friends as well as provide a mentor relationship with children. We ensure that children know they are safe, secure, and loved regardless of their behavior on a given day. Our counselors strive to promote friendships among children recognizing that social growth and support will provide a strong foundation for children’s character development and future life skills.

Base Rates

AM/PM Full WK AM Only Full WK PM Only Full WK AM/PM 3 Days AM Only 3 Days PM Only 3 Days PM Wed Only
$310 $128 $260 $222 $85 $192 $78

Base Rates

AM/PM Full WK AM Only Full WK PM Only Full WK AM/PM 3 Days AM Only 3 Days PM Only 3 Days PM Wed Only
$300 $120 $250 $222 $85 $192 $78

Dear Palencia Elementary School Parents,

I am happy to welcome you to the Village Extended Day Before and After School Program at Palencia Elementary School for the 2021-2022 school year. We share a small amount of your child’s life, and I’m privileged to be given the opportunity.   

My name is Donna Belz, and I am the Program Director of the Palencia Elementary Extended Day program. Here is a little about me. I have a bachelor’s degree in Information and System Sciences, as well as a formal Staff Credential and Advanced Directors Credential from the Florida Department of Children and Families. I started my child care career 20 years ago.  Before becoming a part of Village Extended Day Services. I was a preschool and VPK teacher and most recently the Director of a private preschool in St Augustine for over seven years.  I have been a part of Village Extended Day Services since March 2019, starting as the Program Director at Palencia Elementary.  

I am a parent of three boys who have all graduated from Nease High School in St Johns County. I have been active in my children’s youth sports activities for the past 15 years. These include pop warner and high school football, babe ruth and high school baseball, flag football, high school band, colorguard, scholastic and independent winterguard,

This next school year promises to be very exciting and full of new opportunities for growth, endless learning experiences and lots of FUN for your child. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. You can find my contact information below.  

All my best,

Donna Belz
Program Director of Palencia Elementary Extended Day
Phone: 904-655-6474
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.villageextendedday.com
Address: 560 Market Street; St. Augustine, Fl 32095

Dear Picolata Crossing Families,

I would like to warmly welcome you and hope you are looking forward to this opportunity for your children beginning in the 2021-22 school year. I am delighted that you will be a part of the Village Extended Day Before and After School Program at Picolata Crossing Elementary School.

My name is Latifa Almabrouk, and I am the Program Director of the Extended Day program. Here’s a little about me. I am a military spouse, and I have a son who attends middle school in Ponte Vedra. Before becoming a part of the education field, I was in the medical field for 8 years as a Cardiovascular Technologist focusing on intraoperative procedures.

I decided to try something different that would allow me to spend more time with my son. So, I volunteered at my son’s elementary school in Virginia, and I quickly decided I wanted to help children who were having a difficult time reading. I spent some time as an elementary reading Paraprofessional until it was time to relocate. We are a military family, and we have decided to make St. Johns County our final home destination. I have been a part of Village Extended Day Services for more than two years, starting as a counselor and then becoming a Director in July 2019. I have my Child Development Associates Certification (CDA) through the State of Florida and also have my Florida Department of Children and Families Director Credential.

This next year promises to be full of exciting new opportunities for fun, growth and endless learning experiences for your child.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. My contact information is listed below.

All the best,
Latifa Almabrouk
Program Director of Picolata Crossing Extended Day
Phone: 904-615-4415
Email: [email protected]
560 Market Street, St. Augustine, FL 32095

Dear Freedom Crossing Families,

I am excited to have you and your student(s) joining our extended day family in the 2021-2022 school year. We are all looking forward to a fun and exciting year with all of our students, both new and returning! 

My name is Sarah Stevens. I’m the Extended Day Director at Freedom Crossing Academy. I was born and raised in St. Augustine and have been with Village Extended Day Services for three and half years. I began as an Extended Day counselor at Picolata Crossing Elementary and also a preschool substitute teacher. I have worked in our summer camp, our former winter break camp, and preschools. It has given me the opportunity to work with students of all ages from all over the county.

I graduated from the University of North Florida in 2017 with my bachelors in Psychology and Anthropology. My focus in school was families with children with special needs. I completed an independent study during my senior year on how families of children with special needs access information and verify the validity of that information. I was able to present my research at the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference and the Student Symposium at UNF which was very rewarding and exciting. 

I enjoy spending time out on the water kayaking and travelling to new places to hike. Spending time with the students in the afternoons participating in our planned activities is a huge highlight to my job. 

Welcome to the Freedom Crossing Academy Extended Day family! Feel free to contact me whenever you have any questions!

All the best,
Sarah Stevens
Program Director of Freedom Crossing Extended Day
Phone: 904-599-9353
Email: [email protected]

Dear Pine Island Academy Families,

I would like to warmly welcome you and hope you are looking forward to this opportunity for your children beginning in the 2021-22 school year. I am delighted that you will be a part of the Village Extended Day Before and After School Program at Pine Island Academy K-8.

My name is Latifa Almabrouk, and I will be the Program Director of the Extended Day program. Here’s a little about me. I am a military spouse, and I have a son who attends middle school in Ponte Vedra. Before becoming a part of the education field, I was in the medical field for 8 years as a Cardiovascular Technologist focusing on intraoperative procedures.

I decided to try something different that would allow me to spend more time with my son. So, I volunteered at my son’s elementary school in Virginia, and I quickly decided I wanted to help children who were having a difficult time reading. I spent some time as an elementary reading Paraprofessional until it was time to relocate. We are a military family, and we have decided to make St. Johns County our final home destination. I have been a part of Village Extended Day Services for more than two years, starting as a counselor and then becoming a Director in July 2019. I have my Child Development Associates Certification (CDA) through the State of Florida and also have my Florida Department of Children and Families Director Credential.

This next year promises to be full of exciting new opportunities for fun, growth and endless learning experiences for your child.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. My contact information is listed below.

All the best,
Latifa Almabrouk
Program Director of Pine Island Academy
Phone: 904-377-1806
Email: [email protected]
560 Market Street, St. Augustine, FL 32095