Summer break is almost here and the Chicago Public Schools and City of Chicago are working to ensure that children have access to a number of fun, productive activities this summer to help them stay active and engaged while on break from school. There are a number of programs around CPS and the City that will allow students to continue to learn or outdoors playing games and sports.
Chicago Public Schools also offers several academic support programs for students during the summer. Summer Bridge is designed for students in grades 3, 6, and 8 who need more instruction in reading, mathematics or writing in order to be promoted to the next grade level. Additionally, the Virtual Learning Summer Initiative delivers online courses tuition-free to CPS students entering grades 8-12. Online courses give students an opportunity to expand learning, meet graduation requirements or prepare for high school.
Even with school out, children can enjoy free, nutritious meals in safe, supervised programs in many Chicago neighborhoods. Free summer meal programs funded by the USDA will be operating at hundreds of sites, including public schools, community and recreation centers, churches and parks. Click here to learn more about the Summer Food Program.
Finally, the Safe Haven, Safe Summer program was created to provide CPS students with structured activities in a safe space while out of school. This year, Safe Haven, Safe Summer will operate in nearly 50 churches across Chicago, from June 25 - August 3, during the hours of 10 a.m - 2 p.m. Registration has started and the program is free to all CPS students.
Our sister agencies offer a number of great programs too. A great place to look into recreational programs happening in your neighborhood is the Chicago Park District website. The Park District offers a wide range of low-cost and free activities, ranging from arts and crafts to ballet and baseball. You can view a searchable list of all activities here and register online.
If curling up with a good book is more your child’s speed, the Chicago Public Library is running a reading program with a special focus on healthy living called Rahm’s Readers . The program will be running in all the neighborhood libraries and the Thomas Hughes Children’s Library. Children up to the age of 14 are invited to join in.
Here’s to a fun, safe summer filled with lots of learning!