Kids Factory fees approved by City Council on 6-15-21 for year 21-22 are $95 per month; $75 per month in December 2021. More information and registration at https://www.svusd.org/departments/community-services/kids-factory
What is Kids Factory?
Kids Factory is a drop-in after school program offering crafts, games, sports, special event days, and other recreational activities. It is not designed as a child-care program. Kids Factory had been funded by the City of Lake Forest and run by Saddleback Valley Unified School District (SVUSD) Community Services staff.
Kids Factory, designed for children entering grades K-6, operated until 4 p.m. on school days. The program pre-dated the City’s incorporation, when SVUSD offered a variety of recreation programs.
What role did Saddleback Valley Unified play in the program?
Saddleback Valley Unified acted as a contractor for the City. The District hosted the programs at its campuses and coordinated program registration. The City paid all costs, including staffing, site cell phones, trainings, supplies, mileage, and administrative fees.
How many Lake Forest children participated in Kids Factory last year?
In 2019-2020 school year, 1,088 students participated in Kids Factory on eight SVUSD elementary school campuses in Lake Forest.
How much did the program cost participants?
Participants paid $95 for the year in 2019-20, which was raised from $50 annually the previous year. Before 2018-19, participants paid $25 annually.
How much would the City pay Saddleback Valley Unified for the Kids Factory?
SVUSD estimated the FY 2020-21 Kids Factory program would cost $485,977. The City’s Comprehensive Fee Study, created in 2019 with 2017-2018 data, determined the cost recovery for Kids Factory was just 11 percent.
What alternatives were considered?
Going into the Fiscal Year 2020-21 Budget process, two scenarios for Kids Factory funding were developed:
What are other options for parents who need after-school care?
What other support does the City provide to youth programs?
Overall, the Community Services’ Fiscal Year 2020-21 Budget is more than $2.5 million. Some highlights include:
What other support does the City provide Saddleback Valley Unified School District?
The City’s Fiscal Year 2020-21 Budget includes the following services that are funded by many school districts throughout the state and other financial support for SVUSD programs:
How does the City support recreation for the community at large?
The Fiscal Year 2020-21 Budget identifies more than $3.7 million for park maintenance and repairs, including: