Kids’ Country (San Ramon Valley School Age Childcare Alliance, Inc.) was founded in 1985 by a group of parents searching for a better childcare alternative for their children. Established as a private, state-licensed, non-profit entity with one location at Walt Disney Elementary School, Kids’ Country has grown to 15 on-site locations at elementary schools throughout Danville, Alamo, and San Ramon.
The vision of the parents at that time was childcare facilities located right on the campuses of the elementary schools. It was a new and untested model, but one whose time had come.
Once those founding parents had defined the structure of their vision, they put their hearts and hands into the project, raising the capital and constructing the first building on the Walt Disney Elementary School site themselves. Since that time, the City of San Ramon and the Town of Danville have both worked alongside the San Ramon Valley Unified School District to ensure that there is a childcare facility located on each elementary school campus.
Today our fifteen locations provide an enriched learning environment that is both challenging and fun. Programs are developed to engage children’s interests and build their skills while doing things they love.
A leader in school age care, Kids’ Country is committed to implementing best practices in the field of out of school time for students ages 5 to 12. We create an inspired and inclusive environment with enriched activities for children specially designed for different age groups. Kids’ Country is the only accredited after school agency in the district and the largest in Northern California. Kids thrive at Kids’ Country because they are engaged in doing great things, every day.
Founded and built by working families in the San Ramon Valley community 35 years ago, so that children had a safe quality place to go to after school. Thirty five years later, we are asking for your support to keep Kids’ Country sustained through this shelter-in-place as we face a global pandemic. Our goal is to continue to be here for the children for another 35 years.
On March 16th, Kids’ Country’s closed its doors for the first time since its establishment in 1985. This decision was to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community and to protect the health and safety of children, families and employees. As an organization founded by parents who saw the need for a safe, convenient and fun place for their children, Kids’ Country relies on enrollment to thrive and serve the community. Though we reopened under strict COVID-19 guidelines on June 1st, enrollment continues to be low. Kids’ Country, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) is facing a projected $2 million shortfall. Without continued donations, increased enrollment, Kids’ Country is at high risk of closing its doors permanently, losing the quality & enriching experiences that support the development of children here in the San Ramon Valley.