What makes a Good summer program GREAT!

Summer is a time for children to have some time off for laughing, playing, and hopefully not losing all of that great knowledge they've accumulated over the school year. At Hearts and Minds we have a GREAT summer program, but more in general, I wanted to let you guys know what a great summer program can do for your children

  • Balanced programming with daily opportunities for reading, math, cultural enrichment, and recreation

  • High-interest, engaging activities

  • Positive interaction between kids and caring adults

  • A safe, structured learning environment

  • Personalized attention / Low student-to-staff ratios

  • What is the program's mission? How long has the program been in existence?

  • How is a typical day/week organized? How will children spend their time?

  • What are the program hours and dates? Is before or after care available?

  • Will my child be able to get physical exercise, opportunities for cultural enrichment, and practice reading, math, and other skills? Will my child have an opportunity to choose some of his/her activities?

  • How does the program promote positive interaction between youth and staff?

  • What is the typical experience of the staff members who will work with my child? What training does the staff receive?

  • What does the program do to ensure a safe and healthy environment?

  • Does the program provide healthy food or snacks?

  • How does the program involve families? What type of communication can families expect?

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