Freedom Crossing Academy

We are proud to offer a convenient, on-site program at Freedom Crossing Academy for extended care that works for your family’s busy schedule. Children enjoy a fun and balanced routine, with time set aside for homework, exercise, play, arts and crafts, special activities, and much more—all in a safe and nurturing environment.

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Our Programs

Before School

Before school begins, children thrive in a quiet, less structured environment. From 6:30 am to 8:00 am each school day, we provide children an opportunity to relax, play or read quietly, and connect with friends in our Morning Extended Day program.

After School

In our Afternoon Extended Day program, children embark on a variety of stimulating adventures from dismissal until 6:00 pm. Many kids feel like they’re attending a fun summer camp all year long with a schedule that includes homework time, outside play, indoor games, STEM skill development, arts and crafts. 

COVID-19 Guidelines

At Village Extended Day Services, we value the safety of all of our families and staff. We have implemented a number of safety measures based on CDC and St Johns County School district recommendations to ensure the continued health of everyone involved in our programs. 

– Temperature checks will be done if children or staff display symptoms
– Students and counselors will be with the same cohort each day
– Cohorts will have designated areas for use to limit cross exposure
– Students have the option to wear masks while inside
– Staff have the option to wear masks and face shields while inside
– Social-distancing friendly daily activities
– Sanitizing all materials after each use with safe products

Enrollment

Open enrollment for 2021-2022 has closed for all grades. Please contact Sarah at [email protected] for a delayed start date. 

Our enrollment process is simple and convenient. 

Please note that depending on availability, a delayed start date may be required for new registrations received within 2 weeks of school starting in August or during the school year. The annual registration fee and 1st tuition payment must be paid prior to students starting in our program. The registration fee is $75 for one student or $125 for a family with more than one student. Please be patient as we process your registration and be assured we are working diligently on the high volume of enrollments. An email from our Director will be sent as soon as possible to notify you of your enrollment status.

We collect your tuition payments in the most secure way possible. We use the safe and secure Tuition Express® tuition collecting service for payments. Tuition Express® is regularly tested and audited to maintain the Payment Card Industry’s highest standards, Tuition Express® is a PCI Level 1 Service Provider who uses 256-bit encryption and payment processing’s highest standards to secure your account information. We require that families  maintain a credit/debit card number or ACH bank account in our system that is securely stored in the Tuition Express “cloud.”

 

School Year 2021-2022 schedule below subject to change. 

** All enrichment classes at Freedom Crossing Academy will be postponed to start in January 2022 enrollment has already began and spaces will fill fast! **

By partnering with popular extracurricular programs, we make it easy for you to enroll your child in a variety of enriching activities throughout the week.

Children love these weekly opportunities to explore areas like art, drama, foreign language, and sports. Click in our current offerings below to learn more about each program.

We are here to serve your family and are always happy to answer any questions about your specific school. Contact us using the form, and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.

Testimonials

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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