After School Program

UpGrade Children’s Center is a unique outdoor adventure-based recreation program for children in grades K-5th. We offer local outdoor excursions, arts and crafts, active games, reading and homework assistance.

The Schedule

After picking the children up from local schools, we head back to our center located in Princeton-by-the-Sea for a quick snack. Then we pack up and weather pending, head off to the beach, park, or other hidden local gem that Jon has discovered over the years.The kids return to the center at approximately 5:00pm for homework, arts and crafts, or indoor games.

Pick Up
Upgrade is a field trip-based recreation program and we do our best to be back at the center by 5pm.

Please contact Jon Lowings for Registration forms.

Fall 2019 Monthly Tuition (based on dismissal times)

Pick up from Hatch, El Granada & Farallone View schools.

1:45 pm & 2:05 pm

Monthly Tuition

  • 5 days/wk ($520)
  • 4 days/wk ($440)
  • 3 days/wk ($350)
  • 2 days/wk ($260)
  • 1 day/wk ($170)

After 2:05 pm

Monthly Tuition

  • 5 days/wk ($500)
  • 4 days/wk ($420)
  • 3 days/wk ($330)
  • 2 days/wk ($240)
  • 1 day/wk ($150)

Important Information

Change of clothes -  We recommend leaving a change of clothes, shoes, towel and swim attire at the center in a marked bag. We get messy, dirty, and wet!

Sunscreen - Sunscreen is used only to prevent burn due to sun exposure, and your child(ren) should receive an initial application at home each day before coming to the center. Children with skin sensitivities or allergies should bring their own sun protection.

Pick Up - Upgrade is a field trip based after-school program and we do our best to be back at the center by 5pm.

Notification - If you come to get your child and we are out, we usually leave note outside stating where we are and what time we will be back.

Early Pick Up - If you need to pick up your child earlier than 5pm, please contact us and make arrangements for an early pick up.

Late Fee - UpGrade closes at 5:30pm and that a late charge of $1 per minute will be added to your payment after 5:35pm.

Sign Out - You must sign out your child every day at pick up in the binder on the message table.

Homework - Please let us know if you would like your child to start their homework when we return to the center.

Child Absence - If your child is going to be absent, you must let us know by 10:00am the day of their attendance. We have a very tight schedule of pick-ups. You can call Jon’s cell # (650) 303-4055 or leave a message on the Center machine  # (650) 728-7662. We check it hourly.

Discipline Policy - We have a zero tolerance discipline policy. We expect the same rules and behaviors from school to cross over to UpGrade. You will be contacted if your child is bullying or showing poor behavior. In some cases, this may result in your child’s removal from the program.

Daily Adventures

Daily adventures are chosen by Jon with care, based on safety first. Jon follows tides charts, weather, traffic, and local news closely, so wherever the children are playing you know they are doing so in a safe manner. Jon and his staff are available via phone or text throughout the day.

Outdoor Activities

Whether it's the after school program, day out or summer camp, your kids will love our outdoor activities like sand boarding, swimming, surfing, tide pooling, crabbing, hiking, exploring local ziplines and rope swings, and exploring blow holes!


The coast and peninsula host fantastic parks and playgrounds for kids to climb, swing, jump and explore - and we try to hit them all! Some of our favorites include: FrontierlandMoss Beach ParkCoyote PointGolden Gate Park, and others!


How could you live on the coast and not hit the beaches?! We love to explore the big state beaches and hidden treasures all along the coast. These include: Surfer's BeachVeniceSan GregorioBean Hollow, and many more!

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