Menu
  • Parent Resources
  • Language
    Stay

School Breaks

About Before and After School Enterprise (B.A.S.E.)

Douglas County students ages five through thirteen years are eligible to access our on-site school-age child care programs.

Children who participate in our programs acquire the knowledge and abilities to make educated choices concerning their social, emotional, and physical health while learning principles of respect, integrity, honesty, and responsibility.

Benefits of our B.A.S.E. programs:

  • All staff are Douglas County School District employees
  • On-site convenience for families
  • Strong school partnership
  • District oversight and support
  • Licensed through State of Colorado Division of Child Care
  • Several sites recognized as accredited through Council on Accreditation

Many of our sites provide the following services:

  • Before and After School Programs

  • Kindergarten Enrichment

  • School Breaks (and professional development days)

Contact us

Our BASE Programs

We encourage families to begin by contacting the BASE programs directly, via the link above.

BASE Department Team:  
Paula Zwemke, Director of BASE
 
Alicia Elmore, Area Manager
West Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock, Castle Pines
 
Denise Nichols, Area Manager
East Highlands Ranch, Parker and Franktown
 
Valerie Oss, Business Manager
 
Shannon Casey, BASE Bookkeeper
 
Kate Redford, BASE Bookkeeper
 
Lars Stjernquist, BASE Technical Support
 
 

Our Before and After School Programs give children a safe and fun place to be in the early morning and late afternoon.  Hours vary by program. 

In the Before School Program children have the opportunity to "wake up" in a relaxed environment and have a smooth transition into the school day.  Children are able to choose from a variety of games and activities planned and implemented by BASE staff. On different occasions children will be able to enjoy crafts, play games, exercise in the gym or playground, and work on homework or projects.   Each of our programs have different opportunities available for your child.

In the After School Program the bell rings and we are off and running! Children are accounted for through our check-in process and enjoy a snack, either provided by the program or parents, depending on the site. Then we begin our afternoon, providing a variety of choices for children, including opportunities to socialize, play games, and participate in arts and crafts activities and projects.  We also provide homework support to children based on individual needs.  

 

Contact us!

Our BASE Programs

We encourage families to begin by contacting the BASE programs directly, via the link above.

BASE Department Team:  
Paula Zwemke, Director of BASE
 
Alicia Elmore, Area Manager
West Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock, Castle Pines
 
Denise Nichols, Area Manager
East Highlands Ranch, Parker and Franktown
 
Valerie Oss, Business Manager
 
Shannon Casey, BASE Bookkeeper
 
Kate Redford, BASE Bookkeeper
 
Lars Stjernquist, BASE Technical Support
 
 

Kindergarten Enrichment (KE) is half-day child care that complements your child's half-day kindergarten class.

KE is available at a select number of locations, based on need and space available.  

Our KE programs provide an excellent choice for families.  Our top priorities are safety, enrichment, and fun learning opportunities for our young learners!!

Safety

Your child is always escorted by our staff to and from the Kindergarten classroom, our Kindergarten Enrichment (KE) classroom, and the cafeteria.  B.A.S.E. staff must go through the same background checks as all DCSD employees. Our program meets all state licensing requirements for a school aged childcare program.   KE is either in the main building or housed in a classroom modular, so your child does not leave the premises for any reason.  Our staff is committed to our KE students and the same friendly faces are with them everyday.

Fun

We have fun learning activities and opportunities for children to practice the skills they are learning in kindergarten. We have guided centers where our imaginations rule and laughter is our music.   Young children are active learners who need to touch, feel, experiment, and create and we provide an environment for children to actively engage on these experiences.  It is our priority to build their confidence through learning and play.  Our children make new friends, embark on personal discoveries, and most of all…grow.

Contact us!

Our BASE Programs

We encourage families to begin by contacting the BASE programs directly, via the link above.

BASE Department Team:  
Paula Zwemke, Director of BASE
 
Alicia Elmore, Area Manager
West Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock, Castle Pines
 
Denise Nichols, Area Manager
East Highlands Ranch, Parker and Franktown
 
Valerie Oss, Business Manager
 
Shannon Casey, BASE Bookkeeper
 
Kate Redford, BASE Bookkeeper
 
Lars Stjernquist, BASE Technical Support
 
 

The School Break Program is offered on specific days, and seasonal breaks, when children are not attending school. ​

BASE incorporates a balance of social interaction, academic learning, engaging crafts, onsite themed activities, offsite field trips and physical education to make the day exciting and meaningful for your child.

We help children explore the endless amount of fun that Colorado has to offer with fun field trips at exciting destinations.  We also provide exciting, engaging activity choices on-site.  

Upcoming School Break activity calendars are available at your BASE Program, please contact staff or go to the program's website for more information. 

Look for BASE during fall, winter, spring and summer breaks!

Contact us!

Our BASE Programs

We encourage families to begin by contacting the BASE programs directly, via the link above.

BASE Department Team:  
Paula Zwemke, Director of BASE
 
Alicia Elmore, Area Manager
West Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock, Castle Pines
 
Denise Nichols, Area Manager
East Highlands Ranch, Parker and Franktown
 
Valerie Oss, Business Manager
 
Shannon Casey, BASE Bookkeeper
 
Kate Redford, BASE Bookkeeper
 
Lars Stjernquist, BASE Technical Support
 
 

Receiving accreditation verifies that our programs meet the highest level of standards and are committed to delivering the highest level of services to our students and families.

Council on Accreditation (COA) After School Standards represent a merging with National Afterschool Association (NAA) standards, which are based on generally-accepted elements of best-practice, outcome-oriented, effective in advancing quality, and responsive to the unique, diverse needs of after school programs. 

We are pleased to announce that our B.A.S.E. programs at Acres GreenMeadow View TrailblazerCopper MesaTimber Trail, Northridge Elementary, Sand CreekLegacy PointLone Tree, Redstone, Soaring Hawk, and Gold Rush have been recognized, with distinction, as accredited by the Council on Accreditation.

Several of our programs were expedited through the Pre-Commission Review Report (PCR) process as a result of being compliant in all of the fundamental practice or core standards. 

We encourage you to read more about COA Accreditation.

Contact us!

Our BASE Programs

We encourage families to begin by contacting the BASE programs directly, via the link above.

BASE Department Team:  
Paula Zwemke, Director of BASE
 
Alicia Elmore, Area Manager
West Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock, Castle Pines
 
Denise Nichols, Area Manager
East Highlands Ranch, Parker and Franktown
 
Valerie Oss, Business Manager
 
Shannon Casey, BASE Bookkeeper
 
Kate Redford, BASE Bookkeeper
 
Lars Stjernquist, BASE Technical Support