Check out some of the area’s schools and camps

 Apple-A-Day Nursery School Apple-A-Day Nursery School Apple-A-Day Nursery School in Jackson has been providing quality programs for preschool children for 29 years.The staff at Apple-A-Day knows that helping your children grow emotionally, socially and intellectually is essential in the early years.The school’s qualified, experienced teachers nurture the individual needs of preschool students, encouraging them to become enthusiastic learners and giving them the foundations they need for successful futures.The school’s balance of teacher-directed and child-directed activities allows teachers to observe and facilitate in each child’s development, while guiding them in areas that require instruction. Every clean, colorfully decorated classroom offers kids a wide variety of choices, allowing them to select the learning tool they are most comfortable with and therefore, will learn better with. Play centers, art centers and computer centers are just a few of the areas in which kids have fun while learning.Apple-A-Day’s focus on social, emotional, cognitive and physical development make for well-rounded, school-ready children.They learn to adjust to new environments while gaining a sense of belonging and making new friends. During warmer months, gross motor skills are developed outside in the play area as children have fun climbing and playing on the playground.When the weather prohibits outdoor play, activities like the parachute and beanbag tossing are done indoors.Apple-A-Day offers 40- week sessions from September to June. For more information, call 732-928-1777 or visit

 Around the Corner Art Center Around the Corner Art Center Around the Corner Art Center is anxious for summer to arrive and art camp to begin.The Little Picassos (ages 5-8) and Master Monets (8-13) bring lots of excitement, energy and creativity to the art center. Classes in clay and ceramics, mixed media, drawing and painting, cartooning, fashion design, sewing, jewelry and more, are offered during the summer.The popular summer camp sessions are offered for 11 consecutive weeks beginning the end of June. Campers ages 5-13 attend classes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children may register for as many weeks as they would like.The classes vary in subject, theme and their approach to creating art, from week to week. Check out the full schedule for a complete list of classes.All of the popular teen programs will be available again this summer.Around the Corner Art Center has 30 years of experience educating young artists. Supplies are included for all camp classes and campers will receive a free T-shirt. Regular weekly classes will be offered in anime, drawing, painting, fashion design and ceramic as part of the regular schedule throughout the summer months as well. In addition to the art classes, a paint-your-own pottery studio is open during business hours.Around the Corner Art Center now has two locations for your convenience.The main location is in Freehold at 290 Mounts Corner Drive, and the satellite location in Morganville is located at 509 Route 79 near the Matawan border.Visit the website at or call 732- 308-4666 for the full schedule of camp and class schedules.

 Frogbridge Day Camp Frogbridge Day Camp  Brookdale Community College Brookdale Community College Is summer your child’s favorite season? It’s no wonder. Monmouth County is a great place to be in the summertime.This year, why not introduce your kids to one of Monmouth County’s finest features? Brookdale Community College is esteemed among community colleges across the country. Camp-On-Campus offers children of all ages a unique Brookdale on-campus experience.A new, expanded and unparalleled array of programs will be available this summer. Does television lie in your child’s future? Will they one day be a teacher, scientist, fashion designer, doctor, veterinarian, inventor, video game designer or entrepreneur? There isn’t a more fun, entertaining and safe way to follow their passions-to-be. In addition to strong academic programs (well-disguised by fun), Camps-On-Campus offers athletes of all ages the chance to bring their games to a new level before the upcoming school year.Whether your child is a varsity athlete, a novice runner or simply enjoys the fun of physical activity, we have just the right sports camp.With state-of-theart, brand new facilities and a staff of knowledgeable and honored coaches, young athletes will have the chance to be the best athlete they can be at Brookdale. From basketball to fencing, and Creative Yoga to cheerleading, every child can move and groove through the summer months. Call 732-224-2823 or visit

 Jackson School District Community School and Child Care Academy Jackson School District Community School and Child Care Academy  Howell Township Police Athletic League Howell Township Police Athletic League Camp Excel is a specialized summer camp for children ages 5-17 with ADHD,Asperger’s and others with social skills challenges.At Camp Excel, the focus is on developing social skills and the social awareness necessary for better relationships. The program teaches children good problem-solving skills and builds self-esteem.The comprehensive program includes academics with special education teachers to promote growth and avoid regression over the summer, therapeutic activities with master’s-level therapists to assist in making friends and keeping friends, sports with certified physical education teachers to develop skills and build self-esteem, and recreational activities just for fun.Throughout the day, staff provide encouragement and guidance in using appropriate social skills, giving children the opportunity to experience in-the-moment learning — learning that stays with them.They offer weekly parent groups that provide parenting information and support along with complimentary childcare during groups. Camp Excel is a camp-like setting with activities that include art, cooking, nature, music, teen lead- ership, daily swimming, boating (at Camp Zehnder) and weekly off-site trips. Child to staff ratio is 3:1, with all-adult staff.The six-week program will be held July 1 through Aug. 9, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Spring Lake Heights. There is transportation from central pick-up points. For more information, visit or call 732-281-0275.

 Kids’ Castle School and Kindergarten Kids’ Castle School and Kindergarten Frogbridge Day Camp, located in Millstone Township, is a private, family owned and operated facility welcoming campers entering pre-K through 10th grade. The 86-acre, state-ofthe art country campus offers all of the amenities of a sleepaway camp, right in your own backyard. Frogbridge features more than 70,000 square feet of indoor air-conditioned activity space, unlike any camp, anywhere in the country. Indoor air-conditioned activities include arts and crafts, ceramics, scrapbooking, computer lab, science lab, interactive fitness center, game show set, culinary studio, nail salon, dance, drama, 6,000-square-foot gymnasium, and signature destinations like Frogarita’s Island Oasis, Ribbits Ice Cream Arcade and so much more. Campers eat lunch in air-conditioned comfort at the lakeside catering hall.The extensive hot lunch menu, created and served by experienced culinary professionals, features age-appropriate specials throughout the summer as well as healthy daily alternatives. A salad bar, along with fruits and yogurts, is available daily. Outdoor activities include: gymnastics pavilion, rock climbing tower, zip lines, bungee trampolines, low and high ropes courses, go-karts, bumper boats with water cannons, three lakes for boating and fishing, tube rides, horseback riding, golf, tennis, archery, laser tag, and all traditional camp activities such as soccer, baseball, basketball, tetherball, gaga in the new stadium, and much more. The Frogbridge swim program consists of three heated, Olympic size swimming pools supervised by American Red Cross-certified lifeguards and water safety instructors. Camp groups are always led by teachers and experienced, collegiate early childhood education majors resulting in the most mature and experienced camp staff in the industry.The airconditioned infirmary is headed by two registered nurses at all times. Bathing suit laundering, daily pool side towel service, modern restroom facilities with attendants and full-time front gate security in a completely fenced and secure property provide ease of mind for parents, knowing your children are cared for in a clean, safe and secure environment every day of their stay at Frogbridge. Camp programs include daily elective choices, weekly special events, annual Color War events, and seventh-, eighth-, ninth- and tenth-grade travel programs, some of which include overnights. If your child ages 3 through 15 is looking to make new friends, develop positive self esteem, interact with peers and create memories that will last a lifetime, you owe it to yourself and your children to visit Frogbridge today.Airconditioned door-to-door transportation as well as “Central Express,” money-saving meet the bus options, are available throughout Monmouth, Middlesex, Mercer and Ocean counties. For more information, call 609-208-9050 or visit

 St. Aloysius School St. Aloysius School  Olde Riverside School Olde Riverside School  Monmouth County Park System Monmouth County Park System Education — Recreation — Before and After School Care — Half-Day Kindergarten — Little PALs Preschool — Summer Camp — The PAL Theater Company: The Howell Township Police Athletic League offers all of this and so much more.The PAL provides before- and after-school child care programs for K-8 students and encourages parents to explore the option of the Kindergarten Wrap- Around Program, which provides parents of kindergarten students with a full day of education and enrichment with certified teachers at their district school. Enrollment for this year is still available. Early registration for September 2013 is also under way. Located at Southard School, the PAL offers a safe, secure location with an approved curriculum,Tools of the Mind, at Little PALs Preschool. Now enrolling children ages 6 weeks to 5 years, Little PALs will allow your child to develop social skills and confidence while engaging in enriching activities. PAL Summer Camps will enable parents to schedule an entire summer of camp and child care in a safe and fun environment.Additionally, the PAL Theatre Company will hold auditions for children of all ages and begin rehearsals for its third musical production. For more information, call 732-919-2825 or visit

The Jackson School District Community School and Child Care Academy offer a variety of programs for children and adults.These programs are designed and administered by the Jackson School District, but they are self-sustaining endeavors (meaning they are not funded by taxpayer funds).The programs, which are designed to serve the Jackson community, include:

 a prekindergarten program taught by a dedicated staff of certified teachers and paraprofessionals who create a warm environment and enriching experiences for 4-year-olds.

 an extended enrichment kindergarten program that extends the half-day kindergarten program in each of the elementary schools for an additional fee.This program is staffed by certified teachers and paraprofessionals who use fun and engaging activities to further develop fundamental learning and socialization skills.

 various community school courses throughout the year that allow residents to learn new skills or have new experiences. Classes include computer courses, fitness courses, ballroom dancing, yoga, CPR, crocheting, kids’ gymnastics and much more.

Adults may register for programs of interest through the Community School, with classes beginning in February 2013. For more information, go to and look under District Resources for links to Community School, EEK, Child Care and PreK.

Kids’ Castle School and Kindergarten, serving the area for more than 30 years, provides your child with a safe, secure, loving atmosphere for your child to explore, experiment and create. Under the attentive eyes of state-certified, experienced teachers and in small group settings, the staff will help each child develop into a wellrounded individual by helping him/her grow physically, socially, emotionally and educationally. Kids’ Castle, 15 Emmons Ave., in the heart of Farmingdale, is open year round from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and offers programs for children from the age of 2 through 6, and before and after care through second grade.The early childhood programs are flexible and provide many educational experiences in a warm, friendly, family-like atmosphere. Call 732- 938-3800 to set up a visit or go to You will like what you see — the castle is filled with love and learning experiences!

Make it a summer you will always remember, with a little help from the Monmouth County Park System. Offering everything from hikes and rafts to arts and crafts, they have anything and everything you could possibly want in a fun-filled summer experience for your children.The Monmouth County Park System offers more than 30 great area parks to explore. Nestled inside these wonderful parks are a wide variety of trails, environmental centers, historic sites, golf courses, gardens, playgrounds, beaches, picnic areas, campgrounds and athletic fields.And if it’s handson fun you are looking for, then look no further. Camps for the summer season will include arts and crafts, equestrian, farm life and living history, nature and science, performing arts, sports, odyssey adventures, therapeutic recreation and much, much more! The Monmouth County Park System also provides swim lessons for children; private lessons are available. Registration for Monmouth County camp programs begins March 10 at noon. Call the Monmouth County Park System at 732-842-4000, ext. 1, for dates and details, or visit

Olde Riverside School, a fully licensed school in Brick, is open 12 months a year from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.The school provides quality care and education in a caring, supportive and home-like environment. Olde Riverside offers preschool classes to children from the ages of 2-5. For public school children they provide a kindergarten enrichment program, two additional hours of supplemental kindergarten curriculum to children returning from the two-hour morning program provided at the surrounding public schools. Before and aftercare is available for first- to fourthgraders. The school features hands-on activities for the flexible and developmentally appropriate curriculum. Olde Riverside provides a nice balance between academics and social development. Students are introduced to the letters and sounds of the alphabet and math concepts through art, songs, and literary activities.Weekly science, history, Spanish and sign language lessons are taught. The children go outside to play on the oversized playground every day, as long as the weather permits. Visit the school at 561 Herbertsville Road, Brick or call 732-458-1135.You will experience the happy and secure environment that young children need and the school and camp provides! For more information, visit

At The Preparatory Academy Day Camp, the goal is to provide a safe and engaging experience where your children can flourish.The fun and dynamic program challenges the campers to think, grow and learn.The campers participate in various activities including swimming lessons with certified Red Cross lifeguards, gymnastics, volleyball, gaga, and arts and crafts.The campus also features a low ropes course complete with zip line, miniature golf course and a regulation size basketball court.A hot and healthy lunch as well as a nutritious snack are provided daily.Also, to ensure that continuing educational needs are met, there is an educational component incorporated into the program. Through the Brain Training and Tech Time programs, the campers will be exposed to science, history and math. Experienced and knowledgeable instructor-led dance, soccer, and basketball programs will be provided to all campers.Weekly trips will be offered for an additional fee.The counselors are enthusiastic, caring and fully committed to providing your child with a terrific and memorable summer experience.The Preparatory Academy is located at 46 Bennetts Mills Road, Jackson. For more information, call 732-928-5205.

Think back to your days as a student in English class.What do you remember? What did you dread? In today’s world, English is now referred to as Language Arts, and for good reason.At Saint Aloysius School, middle school language arts is truly an art. The students are immersed in language on a daily basis.William Shakespeare is the most well-known poet and playwright that has ever walked the face of the Earth. His writing is filled with adventure, intrigue and suspense. Most students are introduced to “The Bard” upon entering high school.At Saint Aloysius

School, however, Shakespeare is a writer with whom the middle-schoolers are very familiar. Beginning in the sixth grade, the students are introduced to William and his numerous works. By the time the eighth-graders graduate, they have read, discussed, and acted out more than 12 of Shakespeare’s greatest works.This puts the students at an advantage in their high school literature classes. Because the students know the gist of all the stories, they are not side-tracked by the complexity of the Old English language used. Good literature, both classic and modern, is the foundation for the middle school literature program. Students at Saint Aloysius read everything from Poe and O’Henry to modern writers such as Suzanne Collins, author of “The Hunger Games.” Students participate in weekly book discussion groups with their peers, similar to Oprah Winfrey’s book clubs. Shakespeare once penned,“To be or not to be.”At Saint Aloysius School, the students are taught to be the absolute best they can be! For more information on Saint Aloysius School, visit