October 1, 2018
Despite the well-known fact that summer camp programming can help close the achievement gap, prevent summer learning loss, and keep children safe and participating in developmentally appropriate activities while parents work in July and August, the de Blasio administration has once again failed to fund summer programs for 34,000 children for future summers, including the summer of 2019.
Summer camp programming is a critical component of the after-school system. From its inception, the City’s original Out of School Time (OST) after-school model included summer camp programs. When the de Blasio administration rebranded and expanded the system to be universal for middle school students, advocates, families, providers and children applauded this critical investment. Unfortunately, after the first year of implementation, the approximately 34,000 middle school after-school slots created by the de Blasio administration no longer included summer camp programs for the middle school children. This left advocates, providers, families and City Council Members advocating for their restoration year after year.