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Kids’ Country’s Camp Wigalo 2016!

The philosophies of two early childhood programs developed 5,000 miles apart from each other are the inspiration for a very special camp experience here at Kids’ Country.  Camp Wigalo, is uniquely designed for children entering Kindergarten and first grade to provide a first camp experience inspired by the play-based approaches of AnjiPlay (China) and Reggio […]

30 June

Site of the Month: Montair, Part II

Last week, we met a few of Kids’ Country’s Montair leaders, teachers and parents, and explored some of the site’s unique programs. This week we focus on the individualized opportunities offered to the children at Montair, and the unique community that has been created to support working families in and around Danville.  An Individualized Opportunity […]

13 June

Site of the Month: Montair, Part I

This week, we meet a few of the Kids’ Country leaders, teachers and parents at our Montair site, and explore some of the unique programs that make Montair such an extraordinary community. “Amazing.” Talk to any parent who has a child at Kids’ Country’s Montair site and this is often the word used to describe […]

7 June

Making Makers

  Kids’ Country kids love our focus on the Maker Movement—a learning experience that merges the DIY culture with cutting edge technology. But the Maker Movement has also swept up our staff! In this guest blog by one of our creative program staff members, Lynda Ryan, you’ll get a sense of why kids are natural […]

10 May

Site of the Month: Creekside Kids’ Country

Kids’ Country at Creekside Elementary School has been a model before and after school program for six years since the school opened in 2010, serving an average of 150 students a year in before and after school programs and enrichment classes. Site Director Sylvia Hodge, who has been with Kids’ Country for nearly 26 years, […]

6 May

Ms. Sylvia: Reflections on a Career

“For the family that raised me, The family that I joined, and the family that we made.” Hillary Rodham Clinton It Takes a Village (Introduction) On May 13, 2016, I will begin a new chapter in my life as I retire from my service to the children, parents and staff of the Kids’ Country family. […]

6 May

Quality Matters

The best after-school programs capitalize on the advantages that after-school hours offer compared to the school day . . . these advantages include a greater opportunity to actively involve youth, project-based activities that can extend many weeks and are not constrained by school-day class schedules and the use of the surrounding community as a resource […]

12 April

SPOTLIGHT: Marnie Sowa

When Marnie Sowa joined Kids’ Country in 2009, she was already a seasoned, credentialed teacher who had taught in a number of Northern California school districts. Promoted to Site Director in 2012, Marnie leads the staff at Kids’ Country’s John Baldwin site in Danville. With her level of experience, it was no surprise that Marnie […]

4 April

Kids' Country supports a child's natural curiosity and love of learning in a safe and inspired environment where they can discover their passions and achieve great things.