Extended Care

We offer before-school care beginning at 7:30 a.m. and continuing until 8:20, for families who need care before 8:20. If your primary or elementary student arrives before 8:20, they will be automatically signed into this early morning program and the family’s account will be billed at the end of the month.

Primary students remaining at 3:15 p.m. are automatically signed into our after-school enrichment program. Elementary students remaining after 3:30 p.m., are automatically signed into either Study Hall or after-school care. The family’s account will be billed at the end of the month.

Primary/Elementary After Care Supervisor – B.J. Best

B.J. Best has worked in the aftercare since April 2015. She has always worked with children in some aspect through the years. She has been a girl scout troop leader for her two daughters, led Sunday school, and nannied for several years, as well as being a paralegal. She is a yoga instructor and practices everyday. She is always continuing her childcare education and recently attended a Montessori training and is working towards completing a 40 hour DCF training course.



Before Care Staff – Lou Ann Bowen

Ms. Lou Ann came to Sun Grove in 1987 and initially worked as a Primary Assistant.  After a few years, Lou Ann moved into the Elementary environment.  She assists with early morning care and is admired by many for her many talents and interests. She has enhanced our programs over the years by leading art, sports, sewing and gardening to name a few.




Primary After Care Staff

Assistant – Adella Blacka

We were thrilled to have Ms. Adella joined our Primary Aftercare team in 2016. She has shown great interest in learning more about the Montessori approach and recently brought in an educational program for students from the Audubon Society she is involved with.

Assistant – Cheryl Mainville

Cheryl Mainville began her career at Sun Grove in our After Care program in 2004. Ms. Cheryl has been a Primary Assistant for 10 years and loves supporting the Students and Sun Grove community.


Assistant – Sue Allender

Sue Allender has been a Primary Assistant with Sun Grove for 18 years.  She holds an Associates Degree from Manatee Jr. College in Bradenton.  Ms. Sue has been working with children for over 26 years.  She loves working in the primary environment and learns something new everyday.


Elementary After Care Assistant – Andrew Conte

Andrew Conte – Andrew will join the Sun Grove Elementary Aftercare team in 2017. He attended Sun Grove’s Primary program and has a strong legacy connection with Ms. Wendy as his mother. Andrew came to us with previous childcare experience and is attending college at IRSC. We are thrilled to have him as part of our team!