After School Programs in South OC

After School Programs in South OC

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Claire

Irvine, CA

#1 May 23, 2007
I recently moved to Mission Viejo, and I have found that there is a lack of quality, affordable after school programs in this area.

There are several good after school programs, but they are very expensive. In addition, the City of Mission Viejo runs a very affordable after school recreation program for two hours after school, on the elementary school campuses. However, the hours of this affordable program (Kid's Factory) are too short to serve the needs of many working families in Mission Viejo.

I know of families whose elementary school age children walk home by themselves after school ("latchkey children").

I am interested in finding out if other families are interested in trying to organize a Boys and Girls Club in Mission Viejo. Boys and Girls Club is a really great non-profit organization and it provides affordable after school programs and summer programs for kids and teens. Many other communities in Orange County have Boys and Girls Clubs (including Tustin, Newport Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, San Juan Capistrano), but the areas of Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, Laguna Hills, Rancho Santa Margarita, Ladera Ranch, and probably others that I haven't mentioned, do not have Boys and Girls Clubs.

Organizing a new Boys and girls Club in an area usually starts with a few people who perceive a need and want to make it happen.

Does anyone else agree that affordable after school care is needed in this community? Is anyone else interested in helping organize this? The Boys and Girls Clubs of America website has some useful information about how to start a club in your community, so I am starting by asking if others want this to happen.
Mary

United States

#2 Jun 7, 2007
I agree that we need an affordable and convenient after school/summer program for our children.
Claire

Irvine, CA

#3 Jun 12, 2007
Mary wrote:
I agree that we need an affordable and convenient after school/summer program for our children.
Mary, I believe there is a Boys and girls Club in San Clemente.
Kristin

Trabuco Canyon, CA

#4 Sep 4, 2007
For the parent in San Clemente you do have affordible after school care. The Boys and Girls club only cost $30.00 for a full year membership. They are open durning school until 8pm. My daughter has gone there for years and now I am in a huge crunch with out them. We currently just moved to Laguna Hills and I am finding nothing to do with her after school. The TLC cost almost (brake down math)$50.00 a day for 2-3 hours of care. I currently pay less then that for my baby and her full service care in Irvine.

I am very scared my child might have to become a latch key kid too young. Sadly they leave parent not much else in these areas.

What does other parents in this area do if the parents work?
Joann

Mission Viejo, CA

#5 Nov 5, 2007
Hello Claire, I recently moved to Mission Viejo and am having the same problem. I am wondering if you found something?
Claire wrote:
I recently moved to Mission Viejo, and I have found that there is a lack of quality, affordable after school programs in this area.
There are several good after school programs, but they are very expensive. In addition, the City of Mission Viejo runs a very affordable after school recreation program for two hours after school, on the elementary school campuses. However, the hours of this affordable program (Kid's Factory) are too short to serve the needs of many working families in Mission Viejo.
I know of families whose elementary school age children walk home by themselves after school ("latchkey children").
I am interested in finding out if other families are interested in trying to organize a Boys and Girls Club in Mission Viejo. Boys and Girls Club is a really great non-profit organization and it provides affordable after school programs and summer programs for kids and teens. Many other communities in Orange County have Boys and Girls Clubs (including Tustin, Newport Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, San Juan Capistrano), but the areas of Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, Laguna Hills, Rancho Santa Margarita, Ladera Ranch, and probably others that I haven't mentioned, do not have Boys and Girls Clubs.
Organizing a new Boys and girls Club in an area usually starts with a few people who perceive a need and want to make it happen.
Does anyone else agree that affordable after school care is needed in this community? Is anyone else interested in helping organize this? The Boys and Girls Clubs of America website has some useful information about how to start a club in your community, so I am starting by asking if others want this to happen.
Claire

Irvine, CA

#6 Dec 17, 2007
Joann wrote:
Hello Claire, I recently moved to Mission Viejo and am having the same problem. I am wondering if you found something?
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Joann:

I am sending my kids to Kid's Club after school program. This is run out of a church facility (Mission Viejo Christian Church). It is still expensive, but the thing I like about it is that they will drop the kids off at other after school activities (e.g. sports), so that way, the kids don't miss out on those types of things. Kid's Club also runs a summer program, which is quite good because they have lots of field trips. However, they do make the kids attend some sort of chapel or listen to bible stories.
There is also Kid's Factory, which is run by the city of Mission Viejo at many of the school locations. This is an outdoor recreation program, but it only goes until 4 or 4:30 pm, so it is not that great for most people who work full time. This program is almost free ($25 registration for the whole year). I would still be interested in trying to start a Boys and Girls club in Mission Viejo.
Debbie

Irvine, CA

#7 Jan 3, 2008
Claire wrote:
I recently moved to Mission Viejo, and I have found that there is a lack of quality, affordable after school programs in this area.
There are several good after school programs, but they are very expensive. In addition, the City of Mission Viejo runs a very affordable after school recreation program for two hours after school, on the elementary school campuses. However, the hours of this affordable program (Kid's Factory) are too short to serve the needs of many working families in Mission Viejo.
I know of families whose elementary school age children walk home by themselves after school ("latchkey children").
I am interested in finding out if other families are interested in trying to organize a Boys and Girls Club in Mission Viejo. Boys and Girls Club is a really great non-profit organization and it provides affordable after school programs and summer programs for kids and teens. Many other communities in Orange County have Boys and Girls Clubs (including Tustin, Newport Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, San Juan Capistrano), but the areas of Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, Laguna Hills, Rancho Santa Margarita, Ladera Ranch, and probably others that I haven't mentioned, do not have Boys and Girls Clubs.
Organizing a new Boys and girls Club in an area usually starts with a few people who perceive a need and want to make it happen.
Does anyone else agree that affordable after school care is needed in this community? Is anyone else interested in helping organize this? The Boys and Girls Clubs of America website has some useful information about how to start a club in your community, so I am starting by asking if others want this to happen.
Hello Claire, I just read your comment and wanted to see if you ever moved forward on researching on how to get a Boys and Girls club in our area. Let me know as I am interested in seeing what can be done.
Claire

Irvine, CA

#8 Jan 4, 2008
Debbie wrote:
<quoted text> Hello Claire, I just read your comment and wanted to see if you ever moved forward on researching on how to get a Boys and Girls club in our area. Let me know as I am interested in seeing what can be done.
Debbie:

I suggested the possiblity of opening a Boys and girls Club in Mission Viejo at one of the Mission Viejo City Council meetings, but I didn't get a response from anyone. I contacted the BGC of Capistrano Valley about the need for a club in MV but they did not seem to be interested in moving forward with it at this time, as they are in the middle of raising money for an expansion of their club in San Juan Capistrano. Finally, there is some information about How to Organize a Boys and Girls Club at http://www.bgca.org/whoweare/start.asp . The first step is to see if there is community support, by talking to local government, service clubs etc. and then contact the BGCA Regional Service Center (in Long Beach), organize a committee, find a site, raise money etc. So far, I haven't gotten past Step 1. I thought that posting the message on this site might indicate if there is community support for this project.
If you have any contacts in the City Council or with Service Clubs, I would be interested in trying to arrange a presentation.
If you are really interested, we could meet somewhere to discuss this e.g. a coffee shop?
Lisa

Lake Forest, CA

#9 Jun 29, 2008
Has there been any progress? I am very interested - I recently moved here and have an only child who is bored - the SVUSD summer basketball league is not enough and I need something with flexible hours that is affordable.
Shannon

Mission Viejo, CA

#10 Jul 8, 2008
I am also having a hard time finding affordable child care. I think that most of the people that live around Rancho Santa Margarita have the money to pay for what's already available or the moms stay at home. But there is still many families that have this problem. I think enough to make a change.
socalgawfer

Trabuco Canyon, CA

#11 Jul 11, 2008
Problem is finding funding for these programs. Everything budget wise is being cut, not many cities looking to spend any more, even for a positive program. Lack of comment from city council is likely lack of money
Claire

Irvine, CA

#12 Aug 5, 2008
I haven't checked this forum for a while, but it looks like a few more people are interested in seeing if we can move forward on starting a Boys and Girls Club in Mission Viejo or surrounding areas. I am not available to meet until September, but I could meet after that. anyone have any suggestions for a time/place to meet? Since we probably all work, weekends would be best.
Kimberlee

Mission Viejo, CA

#13 Aug 11, 2008
Claire wrote:
I recently moved to Mission Viejo, and I have found that there is a lack of quality, affordable after school programs in this area.
There are several good after school programs, but they are very expensive. In addition, the City of Mission Viejo runs a very affordable after school recreation program for two hours after school, on the elementary school campuses. However, the hours of this affordable program (Kid's Factory) are too short to serve the needs of many working families in Mission Viejo.
I know of families whose elementary school age children walk home by themselves after school ("latchkey children").
I am interested in finding out if other families are interested in trying to organize a Boys and Girls Club in Mission Viejo. Boys and Girls Club is a really great non-profit organization and it provides affordable after school programs and summer programs for kids and teens. Many other communities in Orange County have Boys and Girls Clubs (including Tustin, Newport Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, San Juan Capistrano), but the areas of Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, Laguna Hills, Rancho Santa Margarita, Ladera Ranch, and probably others that I haven't mentioned, do not have Boys and Girls Clubs.
Organizing a new Boys and girls Club in an area usually starts with a few people who perceive a need and want to make it happen.
Does anyone else agree that affordable after school care is needed in this community? Is anyone else interested in helping organize this? The Boys and Girls Clubs of America website has some useful information about how to start a club in your community, so I am starting by asking if others want this to happen.
I recently moved to Mission Viejo as well. I called around and was disappointed that their was no affordable after school care here. I would love to be involved in getting a Boys and Girls Club for my Mission Viejo community. My email is [email protected]
Kimberlee

Mission Viejo, CA

#14 Aug 11, 2008
I recently moved to Mission Viejo as well. I called around and was disappointed that their was no affordable after school care here. I would love to be involved in getting a Boys and Girls Club for my Mission Viejo community. My email is [email protected]
Janice

Mission Viejo, CA

#16 Mar 1, 2010
Hi!!! Claire, I Just read your comment and wanted to see if you ever moved forward on researching on how to get a Boys and Girls club in our area. Let me know as I am interested in seeing what can be done.Because we deserve boys an girls club like evry body A.
Claire

Irvine, CA

#17 Mar 12, 2010
Janice wrote:
Hi!!! Claire, I Just read your comment and wanted to see if you ever moved forward on researching on how to get a Boys and Girls club in our area. Let me know as I am interested in seeing what can be done.Because we deserve boys an girls club like evry body A.
Janice:

Not sure when you posted this - it just said March 1st (no year). Well, unfortunately, there has been no progress that I am aware of in starting a Boys and girls Club in Mission Viejo. I still think it is really needed in this area.
Susan McDaniel

Corpus Christi, TX

#19 May 17, 2011
I know there is a dearth of afterschool programs in Mission Viejo, but has anyone considered Christian after school programs? They are often free as they are funded by donors. There are many after school programs that are available but few moms think about Christian after school programs. By law if a school has an afterschool program for one group, all groups must have equal access and since the law went into effect there have been lots of new religious after school programs. I became aware of one in my community in Southern Mississippi and my two young boys start in the Fall! This after school program, http://KiDsBeachClub.org , is not like a Sunday school environment. They play games under adult supervision about scripture every week. Hope that helps!
Rod

Camarillo, CA

#20 May 25, 2012
All,
I read all of your concerns about the lack of affordable with flexible hours after school programs to accommodate working parents. I will be relocating my family to RSM(sister city of MV) and there's not a single Boys and Girls Club! That's outrageous for a city with healthy working adults with 3.7% unemployment rate and a population of 50K plus. Where do our kids go after school? Not everyone has the luxury of a single provider and with the high cost of living these days, both parents have to work.
We definitely need to start one. Let's formalize our meeting to plan and make this happen quickly. My email address is [email protected]
Claudia

Mission Viejo, CA

#21 Jun 6, 2012
I am in desperate need of affordable child care! I have used the TLC since 08/2011 and can barely put food on the table. I came from Anaheim to Lake Forest and have not found any other daycares that I can afford.

I will do whatever is needed to get a Boys and Girls Club going...

[email protected]
shubhra

Laguna Hills, CA

#22 Aug 20, 2012
I am interested too organising boys and school club, let me know what can we do i am from laguna hills and my daughter will start kindergarten this year, pls contact me on [email protected]

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