Carl W., Parent

James loves Kids Cook! He has started to try new foods other than chicken nuggets and this is great. The patience of the staff and teaching of safety and health along with cooking is a bonus.  What great “Life Lessons” he is experiencing and most importantly in his words, “Boys can cook too!”

My son gets the opportunity to interact with his peers in a more relaxed and fun environment and all while being in a safe environment.

The after- school program has been an amazing opportunity for my kids and myself. I am a single mom of three, I work 40+ hours a week, and this gives my kids an opportunity to interact with peers, get assistance with homework. 10 out of 10. Program is great and so are the workers.

My daughter really enjoys learning Yoga and Breathing Relaxation. She often has difficulty staying on tasks and gets very frustrated. Now, she is using exercise and breathing to help her refocus and is encouraging us at home to do the same. This has really empowered her! Thank you, RGEC.

Parent: It helps the kids learn and progress. I have noticed (my son) is doing better with schoolwork. 

Student: It helps bring my grades up and is helping me learn!

I have enjoyed having my son enrolled in the after- school program. The after- school program is great due to the fact that my son gets his homework done and enjoys participating in the events and the staff are awesome and very friendly.

Students are given the change to show and develop their talents and skills outside of the regular classroom setting. They also have the chance to complete missing assignments.

I had the opportunity to attend Explora’s visit to RGEC. The hands-on experience is just what my kids love and as a parent with little time, Explora coming to Belen for us is outstanding.

My daughter really enjoys this program and all the different things they offer. She likes that it’s hands-on in a small setting.

Todo el personal de RGEC son excepcionales con todos nuestros ninos son muy atentos y dedicados a su trabajo. Aprecio todo su arduo trabajo y su paciencia. Espero verso y trabajar con ellos durante el proximo ano escolar. El programa no es como otro programa extracurricular que solo cuida ninos.Tienen un programa estrucrado de eventos con juegos y un tiempo para la tarea. Se toman mu yen serio la responsabilidad y la seguridad de su hijo.

 All RGEC staff. They are exceptional with all of our children. They are very attentive and dedicated to their work. I appreciate all of your hard work and your patience. I look forward to seeing them work with them during the next school year. The program is not like any other after school program that babysits only. They have a structured program of events with games and homework time. They take responsibility and the safety of our children seriously.


Parents, please click on the video above to view our before/after school program in action!

RGEC is Hiring, APPLY NOW!

RGEC is currently looking for Instructors and Site Supervisors for our 2023-2024 Before and After School Sites. Applicants must have a high school diploma and a minimum of two years’ experience working with children, bi-lingual encouraged to apply. CLICK HERE to download application.

These following documents to move forward with the interview or hiring process.

  • 1. Completed Application
  • 2. Updated Resume
  • 3. High School Diploma / College Diploma
  • 4. Original Driver’s license and Social Security card (If they don’t have one or the other a passport, birth certificate or Military ID).

If you can’t submit an application online, please bring completed applications into our office at 6260 Riverside Plaza Lane NW, Suite A or email to

Frequently Asked Questions.

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Is your child RGEC smart?

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When exploring different options for your child’s before- and after-school care, it’s common to have a list of questions, from how lessons are structured to what the fees are. One of our goals at Rio Grande Educational Collaborative (RGEC) is to be as accessible as possible, so today we’d like to share with you a list of the most common questions we get from parents like you:

Parents Q & A

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Online Registration is now available through EZ Child Track for all RGEC Fee schools! Kinder through 5th!

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