Schools, Businesses, Communities

How it works

  • Stone Soup collaborates with school districts using existing facilities and services.
  • Parents pay low fees.
  • Private and corporate funding is used for starting new sites, tuition assistance for short term emergency care, staff training and program enrichment.
  • Low overhead – Only five to six cents of every dollar spent by Stone Soup Child Care Programs is spent on administration.

“Stone Soup is an exemplary partnership and a model program.”
– Vice President Al Gore, 1998 White House Town Hall Meeting.

Stone Soup Celebrates More than 30 years of Service to Families

20years11In 1986, the first seeds of Stone Soup began to germinate, thanks to the dedicated efforts of individuals who recognized the need for children from low-income families to have a safe, stimulating and supervised environment during the hours after school.

Stone Soup began with 17 children 28 years ago and now serves 3500 California students from pre-schoolers to elementary school children to middle school students. Kids can attend during the regular school year as well as during summer sessions. Far from just child care, teachers and volunteers offer homework help, exposure to the arts, field trips and time for fun and games. These programs offer children different ways to be successful in school, while providing them enrichment activities that are growing increasingly scarce in some public schools.

Self-sustaining, Stone Soup is NOT funded by state or local government sources, but rather by the entire community, including parents, businesses, community groups and donors.