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For more than ten years, CSC has released a competitive Summer Program Funding application to increase the number of summer program opportunities for children and families. The Summer Program Funding application is typically released in December and completed applications are due in February with Council decision in March. The early release of the application allows programs to adequately plan and hire for summer. Last year, CSC funded 11 additional summer programs/expansions serving over 300 individual youth and families in the amount of $360,695 designated for summer including additional funds for COVID-19 Relief Efforts Funding.
In the 2020-21 budget, $350,000 has been allocated for 2021 Summer Program funding. Because all of our current funded programs have included summer activities in their year round budget including the current expansion in funding to the Lindsay School of the Arts, the $350,000 in the 2021 Summer Program line item is designated for additional summer opportunities for children.
The 2021 Summer Learning Program Funding will again focus on funding programs that place an emphasis on mitigating summer learning loss. Summer learning programs have the potential to help children and youth improve their academic performance. This is especially true of children from low-income families who might not otherwise have access to educational resources throughout the summer months and for low-achieving students who require additional time to master academic material. While the research indicates that learning loss varies by grade level and student characteristics, the average loss equates to approximately one month of instruction and this loss may be cumulative over time. Aligned with the research, Children’s Services Council will give priority to those programs that place an emphasis on mitigating summer learning loss through educational (math and reading) and physical/recreational attractor activities, as well as career exploration and job readiness for teens, and that operate 5 days per week for at least 8 weeks.
Interested programs should click here to learn more about the RFP process and the timetable to submit applications. Applications are due by Noon on February 5.