Fundango

(Saturday Evening Respite)

Fundango, is a respite program for foster, adoptive, and kinship parents in Colorado with children ages 0 to 17 years of age in their home. Staff are CBI/FBI checked and trauma-trained to work with the unique needs of our population. In our program, staff and volunteers focus on social/emotional learning through a variety of activities. Families receive a temporary relief from everyday tasks in order to help reduce stress, to support family stability, prevent abuse and neglect, and minimize the need for out-of-home placement.

2019 Fundango Dates:

New family in need of a break?

Fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch with more information on how to get registered.

Want to help give a break?

Visit our volunteer page to learn more and sign up.

Cost to Attend

“On average, an experienced, highly trained baby sitter for 4+ children in Northern CO costs $17.50 an hour”

Have a really tight budget? Reach out to our Director for cost assistance and scholarships.

1 Child Family

$25 cost for Fundango

Break down:

$5.00/hr per child

2 Child Family

$35 cost for Fundango

Break down:

$3.00/hr per child

3 Child Family

$45 cost for Fundango

Break down:

$2.33/hr per child

4 + Child Family

$50 cost for Fundango

Break down:

$2.00/hr or less per child

What does it actually cost Kids at Heart, per child, to put on a Fundango event? 

On average, it costs Kids at Heart about $50 per child to put on a Fundango.

That breaks down to a cost of $10/hr per child.

What will my children be doing?

A full, well balanced dinner is always provided. The different ages are divided up as seen below:

0 – 1 year olds

 Nursery Room Please bring a diaper bag with all the needed items for your child, and be prepared for a brief meeting with the nursery staff to go over your child’s needs/routine.

2 – 3 year olds

Toddler Room Please bring a diaper bag with all the needed items for your child. Your toddlers will enjoy snack, free play, guided activities, and dinner. 

4 – 5 year olds

 Pre-School Room Our Pre-School staff design a unique, age-focused curriculum for each event: a mix of snack times, down times, active movement, simple crafts, and free play 

6 – 12 year olds

Rotating Groups School age children will be split up into 4 age groups and rotate through stations. Science experiments, snacks, special guests, and sports are just some of the fun your kids will enjoy.

13 – 17 year olds

   Teen Group      Teens get to enjoy their own special curriculum. Generally the teens will go out into the community, hiking, or have a special guest at each Fundango. 

1:1 Staff

Kids at Heart has hired special staff to be 1:1 inclusion specialists for the kiddos who need extra support to be successful at our events. Whether your child has a behavioral challenge, physical disabilities, cognitive delays, sensory integration disorders, or any special need, you can email our Director, Kelly O’Connor, to set-up a meeting to build a support plan for your child so they can successfully attend all our events through the year.

Fundango FAQs

What is Fundango?
Fundango is a respite program for all children of foster and adoptive parents in northern Colorado. Screened and trained volunteers lead groups through stations like crafts, snack and games. We also provide a dinner. While we are playing, parents have an opportunity to take a break from parenting.
When and where are Fundango events held?
During the summer we have one event a month — better known as the SUPER FUNDANGO. We have two events per month from September through May; one of the events is held in Fort Collins at the Boys and Girls Club, and the other in Loveland at the Boys and Girls Club. Our current Fundango events are listed above, on this hpage. Our Loveland Fundango is held at the Boys and Girls Club in Loveland at 2500 East 1st Street. Our Fort Collins Fundango is held at the Boys and Girls Club in Fort Collins at 1608 Lancer Drive.
What time do events start and what time do they end?
Fundango starts at 5:00 p.m. and ends at 8:00 p.m. We ask that you try to arrive as close to 5:00 p.m. as possible. That way we can make sure we are on schedule for the evening. The same goes for pick up time.
What is the cost to participate?
The cost is $5 a child with a maximum of $15 a family. We do have scholarships available.  Please email us for information on scholarships.
Who can participate at Fundango?
All children in your home may attend. We take ages from 0 to 17 years old, and at least one child in the home must be classified as a foster, adoptive or kinship child. Don’t forget that biological children can come as well!
Do you provide dinner?
Yes!  We offer all Fundango kids, staff, and volunteers dinner and snack at each Fundango event.  Dinner varies from event to event.  Please let us know if your child has any allergies.  You are more than welcome to bring in food of your own choosing for your children.
Do you train and perform background checks on your volunteers?
Yes! It is important to us that your children have a fun and safe time while they are with us at Fundango. Therefore, we run a thorough background check on all staff and volunteers who work with our children. We repeat that background check every two years. Also all of our staff are trained in infant, child and adult CPR as well as first aid. Additionally, we have a mandatory training that all new volunteers must complete prior to their first time volunteering.
If my child gets hurt, how will I be notified?
If your child gets hurt, and the incident is not an emergency, we will treat the child if necessary and write an incident report with details of what happened. The report will be waiting for you when you come to pick up your child. You will need to sign it. If you need a copy please let the Coordinator know and s/he will email you a copy Monday following Fundango. If the incident is an emergency, we will contact you immediately.
Is there a nursery group and what do they do?
Yes! We offer a nursery group for children ages 0 – 3. Depending on the ages of the children, we have two or three paid nursery staff who are with our nursery kids all the time. Children who are two and older will visit some of the rotations planned for the night. All nursery children eat dinner, snack, and have an assortment of toys available to play with. The activities vary per event, but you can expect your child to color, play, dance, etc.
How old does my child need to be to participate as a Fundango Teen Helper?
Once your child turns 13, they can volunteer as a Fundango Teen Helper. We have 3 Fundango Teen Helper positions available per night: snack rotation helper, gym rotation helper, and craft rotation helper. We only have three spots available so sign up early. Also, we will need parents/guardians to sign this waiver for their children to participate.  You can download the permission slip here.
How do I get on your mailing list?
Joining our mailing list is a great way to stay informed about all things Kids at Heart.  Just send us an email and let us know you want to join our list.
I'm new to Fundango, what will drop off and pick up look like?
When you arrive at Fundango, you will get in the check-in line at the door. You will locate your family name on our printed registration list and initial the check-in column for all the children you are leaving in our care. Please make sure you leave us an emergency number in the space provided, and pay your registration fee to the Coordinator. You will then pick up the name tags for each of your children. You and your children will then receive your check-out stamp that will identify who is a family at pick up. Finally, you can help your children find their groups. Then you are free to enjoy your break!

When you come back to Fundango to pick up your children, you will get into the check-out line at the door. You will locate your family name on the printed registration list and initial the check-out column for all the children you have left with us. The coordinator will give you a pick-up list and any forms or notifications for your family. Once you have received your pick-up list, you can take it over to the child runners who will gather up your kids for you.  Don’t forget to check our craft tables and pick up any craft projects your kids may have created!

What happens if we don't show up?
We understand that emergencies happen and that there might be a time where you can’t make it to Fundango. Please email or call us as soon as possible so we can cancel your reservation.
Is it okay if someone else picks up my children?
Yes! Please let us know when you drop of your children who will be picking them up. Also, make sure that the person picking up your children has a photo id.
What is a typical schedule at Fundango?
Children arrive at 5:00 pm for dinner. After dinner, children rotate through six activities: GymSnackCraftSpecial RotationMove It,and Hands on Fun. They end the night in the gym for our closing circle. Each rotation is about 20-25 minutes and is based on the theme of the night.

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Address

6501 Brittany Street
Fort Collins, Co 80525

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Contact

970-529-8222
kelly@kidsatheartco.org