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Bend Park and Recreation District offers a variety of youth recreation programs throughout the year to meet the needs of parents while providing fun, enriching activities to fill your child’s day.

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KIDS INC | Grades: K – 5

Updated: June 14, 2021

For 2021-22 school year, KIDS INC is back and better than ever!

After 32 years of serving the afterschool needs of thousands of families, district staff have taken the opportunity to evaluate the program and improve it. We are proud of the past and excited about the future.

The program offers plenty of indoor and outdoor recreation opportunities, games and play to help kids burn off some steam and unwind from the school day.  New features include age-appropriate groupings, regular STEM and art projects, special interest “club” activities, and homework support where needed.

School Sites:  All elementary schools except Amity Creek and Westside Village.

Dates: September 8, 2021 – June 16, 2022 except for school holidays. KIDS INC is offered every day that school is in session.

Time:  Afterschool – 5:45 pm

Fee: $195.00 per month per child.

Scholarships: BPRD scholarships available for qualifying families. Scholarship applications are available online at www.bendparksandrec.org/activities/scholarships/

Activity #: 401130 (Select the school and add to cart.)

Application & Registration: Kids INC registration is different than past years when many school sites filled minutes after registration opened leaving many parents frustrated. In order to provide a more equitable and less frenzied process, we had a 12-day initial application period providing everyone the opportunity to express their interest in the program without worrying about who has the fastest internet connection.

If there are more people interested at a school then there are available spots, we will conduct a computer-generated, random lottery to fill available spots and the waiting list position. Siblings will be considered together in this process.

Selected families will be notified by email and have until July 2 to confirm registration and pay a $20 non-refundable registration fee to secure their space. If openings come up at any point, we will select children from the initial application waiting list first before considering applications submitted later.

Application & Registration Timeline

  • June 2 – 13: Initial application period. Now closed.
  • June 21 – 23: Notification of Selection or Waitlist status. Emails will be sent to all.
  • July 2: Deadline to confirm spot and pay the $20 non-refundable deposit. Complete online, by phone or in-person.
  • July 3 through school year: Available openings offered to people on waitlist. Applications are accepted at any time; however, applications received during the initial period will have priority for available spots.

Apply & Register for KIDS INC.

APPLY & REGISTER:
For grades K-5 student(s), click here to apply and register for 2021-22 KIDS INC.

MONTHLY PAYMENTS:
1. After your child is selected and you’ve paid the registration fee, you’ll pay for each month of KIDS INC.
2. Pay the monthly fee for the month you are signing up for online at the KIDS INC. Monthly Payment page by the first of each month.

Questions? Contact our staff.

Becky Curfew
Youth Recreation Coordinator

Email Becky Curfew

Danielle Bolanos
Youth Recreation Assistant

Email Danielle Bolanos

KIDS INC Frequently Asked Questions:

Updated: June 2, 2021

What is Kids Inc?

Kids Inc is an important afterschool care program serving crucial childcare needs for the community. After 32 years of serving the afterschool needs of thousands of families, we have taken the opportunity to evaluate the program and improve it. The program occurs on site at elementary schools except Amity Creek and Westside Village.

When does Kids Inc registration open for fall 2021?

The application process opens Wednesday, June 2. Applications can be completed online or by phone.

Application and Registration Timeline

  • June 2 – 13: Initial application period. Complete brief application.
  • June 21 – 23: Notification of Selection or Waitlist status. Emails will be sent to all applicants.
  • July 2: Deadline to confirm spot and pay deposit. Complete online, by phone or in-person.

How is the enrollment process different from past years?

The Kids In registration process will be different than in past years when many school sites filled minutes after registration opened leaving many parents frustrated. To provide a more equitable and less frenzied process, we will have a 12-day initial application period providing everyone the opportunity to express their interest in the program without worrying about who has the fastest internet connection.

What are the steps of the application and selection process?

The 12-day initial application period will provide the basis for the selection process. If there is more interest at a school than there are available spots, we will conduct a computer generated, random lottery to fill spots and waiting list position.  Siblings will be considered together in this process.

Selected families will be notified by email and provided one week to verify registration and pay a $20 no-refundable registration fee to secure their space. If openings come up at any point this summer or during the school year, we will select children from the initial priority waiting list first before considering applications submitted later.

Why is a lottery part of the registration process?

While we would like to serve everyone with a need, we anticipate that demand will exceed our capacity to serve all families. We also want to ensure that people of all income levels are served in the program. A lottery system provides an equitable way to allocate available spaces.

How is this process more equitable?

Our goal is to remove barriers of the registration process, specifically technology access and the early morning first-come first-served process, that was a disadvantage to many community members.

The BPRD application includes questions to help determine financial need. Assistance amounts will be based on household size and income levels.

What activities occur at Kids Inc?

The program will offer plenty of indoor and outdoor recreation opportunities, games and play to help kids burn off some steam and unwind from the school day.  New features will include age appropriate groupings, regular STEM and art projects, special interest “club” activities, and homework support where needed.

What are fees?

$195 per child per month for all days when school is in session. Activity # is 401130 (select the school and add to cart).

What are the hours?

Kids Inc is from the end of the school day to 5:45 p.m.

Are scholarships available?

BPRD scholarships are available for qualifying families. Scholarship applications are available at www.bendparksandrec.org/activities/scholarships/.

What if school is cancelled, closed or delayed? Is KIDS INC available? How do I know?

  • Whenever school is closed due to an emergency (weather or otherwise) KIDS INC will be closed as well.
  • School closures are announced on local radio stations, TV and the school district’s hotline.
  • When in question, be sure to check with one of these resources.
  • If school is cancelled after the children have already started their day the school will send all children home. You will need to make other arrangements for your child’s care.

Is there a part-time or less-than-5-days option?

Not at this time. We are prioritizing families who need care every day first.

What is capacity at each school?

Capacity varies from school to school and is based on space provided by the school, BPRD staffing and the ability to provide a high-quality experience for participants. On average, there will be spaces for approximately 65-70 participants separated in age groups.

Why can’t you accept more participants at each school?

In recent years we’ve attempted to increase the size of Kids Inc but found that both staff and space resources limit our ability to provide a high-quality program. We are prioritizing the safety and quality of the experience for everyone with the current capacities. We will continually monitor the program and add additional spaces whenever possible.

Are siblings considered when selecting participants?

Yes. The selection will be by family and not by individual children so there is not a chance for one sibling to get into the program and other not to.

What if my child attends a private school or is doing a 100% online program?

This program is designed support Bend-La Pine Schools students only.

Will face coverings be required?

Kids Inc follows school guidance and awaits further information from the state about the next school year.

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KIDS Inc application period is now closed.

Applications are in review.

June 21 – 23, all applicants will be notified by email about selection or waitlist status.

Children conducting a science project

Operation Recreation – School Year | Grades: K – 5

No School Days program at Lava Ridge Elementary School.

Operation Recreation meets the needs of the working parent and the fun seeking child! This program operates on non-school days for kindergarten through 5th grade. Children enjoy a variety of enrichment activities and daily field trips. Learn more & register.

Program Information

Location: Locations vary by year, view at Activity link below.

Activity: 307400

Times: Weekdays: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm

Fee: Varies

No-School Days: view at Activity link above.

Questions? Contact our staff.

Shalee Hanks-Mink
Camps Program Coordinator

Email Shalee Hanks-Mink

Summer Buddies | Ages: 3 – 5

Includes daily swimming!

Sorry, not offered for 2021. Check back for updates.

Join Summer Buddies for the best summer ever! Children will enjoy afternoons swimming, outdoor games, arts and crafts and more! Summer Buddies is a great boost before Preschool or Kindergarten!  Register or learn more.

Program Information

Note: No prior swimming experience necessary. Children must be fully potty trained to attend this program.

Location: Juniper Swim & Fitness Center

Activity: 205600

Days: Mondays/Wednesdays OR Tuesdays/Thursdays, from 1:30 – 3:45 pm

For additional information, contact:

Clare Gordon
Assistant Manager

Email Clare Gordon

Busy Buddies Preschool | Ages: 3 – 5

Sorry, not currently available. Check back for updates.

Includes weekly swim lessons and yoga movement!

Busy Buddies Preschool, for children ages 3-5, is designed to encourage the development of social skill and a positive self–esteem through a variety of fun, creative and healthy activities. In a small group setting, children will enjoy arts and crafts, dramatic play, show and tell, circle time and more. Basic educational concepts are introduced such as a numbers, letters, phonics and more.  Register or learn more.

Program Information

Note: No prior swimming experience necessary. Children must be fully potty-trained to attend this program.

A $20 non-refundable registration fee is due at the time of enrollment.

Location: Juniper Swim & Fitness Center

Activity: 405601

Days & Times: Classes are offered Mondays/Wednesdays OR Tuesdays/Thursdays from 1:15 – 4:00 pm.

2020-21 Monthly Fee: $200.00 ID $240.00 OD per child, 2 days per week
(payment is due by the 5th of each month)

Dates: Not currently offered. Please check back.

For additional information, contact:

Clare Gordon
Assistant Manager

Email Clare Gordon

The PAC at the Pavilion | Ages: 8 – 13

Sorry, not offered for 2021. As an alternative, look for Camp Solstice at The Pavilion.

During the summer, the PAC takes over The Pavilion – Bend’s newest and most exciting recreation center! Each day is different as you get to choose what you want to do!  There are always awesome choices whether you want to “play hard or chill out.”

We’re talking sports, water play, floating the river, cool art projects, outdoor adventures, your favorite games and just hanging out with friends, both old and new. PAC participants will even get to create activities and special events!

Monday – Friday: mid-June – end of August

Full-day: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Variety of passes available.

Youth & Teen Enrichment | Ages: 6 – 17

Check our current offerings in: Youth Enrichment

Whether your child is looking for an adventure or an opportunity to learn new skills our enrichment programs are as varied as the youth we serve. Depending upon your child’s age they may choose from Art, Martial Arts, Spanish, Skateboarding, Music, Theatre, Cooking, Baking or Do-It-Yourself.

For teens, we provide opportunities for challenge, adventure and exploration in a safe, guided environment. Depending upon your teen’s age they may choose from Rock Climbing, Skateboarding, Fencing, Cooking, Art, Theatre or more.