High demand leads South San Francisco parents to camp out for after school program

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- There's a big campout going on right now in South San Francisco.

It's happening at Orange Memorial Park. Parents are braving the chilly weather for a chance to sign-up their kids for after-school care.

And some parents told ABC7 News that they expect to stay in line overnight until sign-ups begin at 7:00 a.m. Friday morning.

"My husband bought the tent, the chair, the sleeping bag and I was ready to send him back and say, 'return it, we don't need it' But then I came in this morning and I was very thankful that he actually bought all this equipment," said Magda Kruczkowska a parent.

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South San Francisco has about 40 spots to serve 6 elementary schools.

The Parks and Recreation Director says budget issues and space at the schools limit the number of students they can accept.

An online registration system was rejected by parents who felt it was too much of a lottery and preferred to earn their place in line.

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