***Following School Closures, City to Temporarily Suspend Before and After School Care Programs for Participant Safety***

April 6, 2020 Update

Dear Youth Services Families,

Your Parks and Recreation Youth Services family is working to find new ways of doing business and we will be ready for you this fall when the new school year starts. Look for individual emails coming this week from to provide information to enroll for our qualifying families.

We are continuing to adhere to “qualifying families” parameters, based on attendance patterns demonstrated in September through February. This will ensure program space is available for the families who need care the most for regular work and school. Open Enrollment will be available to all families, currently scheduled for July.

For qualifying families, we will be conducting an online registration process beginning the week of April 20. Directions will be provided to those needing care. As always, we ask that if care isn’t essential to your family for work or school, you allow those who need it to register first.

Take care and look for more information towards the end of next week.



March 2020 Update

In partnership and support of the recent decision by the San Luis Coastal Unified School District to close campuses beginning Monday, March 16 through Tuesday, April 14, 2020, the City of San Luis Obispo Parks and Recreation Department Youth Services program will temporarily suspend before and after school childcare services during this time frame.

The City understands the value and need for these services in the community, but our top priority is the health and safety of the children participating, families, program staff and our community. We are currently reviewing potential alternatives and resources available to fill this important need in our community.

We are committed to providing regular updates as more information becomes available. For additional information, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (805) 781- 7300.

*Spring Break Camp Cancelled*

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Registration for Care 2020-21

New Families: Enrollment for the Lottery opens April 21 

Qualifying Returning Families: Week of April 20

Priority is given to families in the following order:

1) Qualifying returning families (currently enrolled, a list of qualifying participants will be available at your program site or the Parks and Recreation office on March 9. Call 805-781-7300)
2) New families
3) All families from the previous list who missed their registration period can register at open enrollment after July 13, 2020, given available space.

English - Coming Soon
Spanish - Coming Soon
New Family Registration Paperwork - Available after April 20


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School-Aged Programs

The Youth Services Division believes that each child is unique and special! Every child is celebrated and provided tools for success in a safe and supportive environment.

Throughout the year, Youth Services offers a variety of programs for school-aged children:

  • Before and After-School Programs: Sun 'N Fun and Club STAR
  • Spring Break Camp 
  • Summer Day Camps
  • Family Events
  • Early Bird Registration

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Sun 'N Fun and Club STAR

Before- and After-School Programs

Sun ‘N Fun (a state-licensed drop-in program) for TK-6th graders and Club STAR (Students Taking Active Responsibility) for 3rd-6th graders are located on-campus at five elementary schools within the City: Bishop's Peak, C.L. Smith, Hawthorne, Pacheco and Sinsheimer. Daily curriculum includes a variety of developmentally appropriate indoor and outdoor activities and experiences, homework assistance, nutritional mid-morning and afternoon snacks, and group times. Enrollment is on a first-come/first-serve basis and is limited by state licensing capacity mandates.

It's Tax Season!

To assist you in listing your deductions for childcare hours, the City Tax I.D. Number is 95-6000-781.

New July 1 Fee Rates will be as follows:
Technology Processing Fee – 1.74% (All Front Desk Transactions)
Credit Card Fee – 2.61% (All Front Desk Credit Card Transactions)
Credit card & ECP (electronic Check Payment) Refund Fee - $0.10 cents
ECP Fee – 3.09%

Online Processing fees (Tiered pricing structure):
Program fees under $150 = 7% + $1.00
Program fees $150 - $500= 3.79% + $5.50
Program fees above $500 = 2.71% + $10.50
*Minimum Service Charge = $1.00


The City of San Luis Obispo Parks and Recreation Department is committed to providing recreational opportunities to all ability levels. We welcome people with disabilities into our recreation programs through specialized programs and inclusion opportunities. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination of for individuals with disabilities, if you need specialized assistance to participate in any City sponsored classes, events or activities, please contact the front desk staff (805-781-7300 & In order to best accommodate your individual needs, we ask that you let us know of any accommodations needed at the time of registration and or at least 48 hours in advance of any City sponsored program. For further information on accommodation requests contact the front desk staff (805-781-7300 & 711 California Relay Service (which is also capable of handling TTY calls) is also available. The 711 service is available for those calling from within California.