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Stone Soup Child Care Programs - Fact Sheet
Mission: To assure quality child care for school age children that is safe, dependable and affordable through a managed program of shared resources and goals.
Named for: A children's folk tale in which three soldiers persuade the residents of a poor village to contribute whatever small ingredients they had to collectively create a nourishing soup that sustains them all.
Philosophy of Partnership: Stone Soup uses existing public school sites and community resources to create supervised before and after school programs especially in lower income areas.

Schools provide utilities, custodial services, liability insurance and space.

Parents pay monthly fees that are up to one-half the average cost of many other child care programs in California and volunteer if possible.

Public agencies such as libraries, police and fire departments, and cities provide park sites, special programs, field trip transportation and scholarships.

Businesses and foundations provide donations for specialized programs and new program start-up costs.

Stone Soup recruits, trains and supervises paid staff; manages day-to- day operations; solicits grants and private donations to supplement parent fees for program enrichment and tuition assistance, and coordinates volunteers.
Services Provided: From 6:30 a.m. until school begins and from the end of the school day until 6:00 p.m. Services are provided off track and year round, except for federal holidays.
Programs: Homework supervision, arts and enrichment, learning centers, field trips, a summer program and special initiatives such as nutrition and fitness education for children. Activities are age-appropriate, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural. The Pebble Soup program is provided for pre-kindergarten children, Stone Soup for K-5 and the Teen Soup program for middle school students.
Who is Served: Stone Soup currently serves more than 3,500 children a day from schools in these communities in California: Los Angeles, Lennox, Norwalk, Santa Fe Springs, El Monte, King City, Modesto, Monterey, Marina, Ft. Ord, Seaside, Del Rey Oaks, Ripon, Newman, South El Monte and Whittier.

News Releases About Stone Soup:
Articles Written About Stone Soup
  • "$75,000 Grant Brings Professional Guest Artists to Stone Soup After-School Enrichment Programs," Youth Today, March 21, 2003
  • The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention at cites the exhaustive RAND Corporation research study of Stone Soup Child Care Programs as a promising practice in delinquency and gang prevention. Follow this link for an external review of research on after school programs and Stone Soup Child Care Program specifically.