Summertime provides a great opportunity for students to extend their learning throughout the year. In fact, research has shown that students who take part in summer programs do better in school than their peers who do not ( RAND 2011 ). New York City offers a number of programs to keep students learning, engaged and healthy during the summer months. Browse the options below to find out more about summer learning and to find the right opportunity for your student.
Please note, this list is meant to be an overview of key programs and is not exhaustive of all opportunities offered by New York City. Eligibility and enrollment criteria vary for each program. Please consult each provider directly to learn if your student qualifies for a specific program or opportunity.
Summer Learning Tips:
The National Summer Learning Association provides a number of helpful resources on summer learning:
- Learn why summer learning is important here.
- Find out what parents can do to keep their kids sharp over the summer here.
- Discover more ideas and tips on learning and physical activities here.
The annual summer meals program will provide free breakfast and lunch to youngsters 18 and younger, regardless of New York City residency. The meals will be available at roughly 1,000 locations, including pools, schools, libraries, parks, public housing sites, and soup kitchens throughout the five boroughs. To find information on when and how to access these meals in each borough, visit the Department of Education’s Summer Meals Website.
Programs and Activities:
Summer school provides students with additional instructional support to ensure that they achieve proficiency in New York State Learning Standards and New York City Performance Standards in order to move on to the next grade level. Summer school is encouraged for students in grades 3-12 who have not yet met the promotion standards to move on to the next grade level.
Other Summer Opportunities:
- NYC Department of Youth and Community Development
The Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) supports programs for students throughout the summer. Learn about activity, academic and employment based programs such as the Beacon Program, Cornerstone, Out-Of-School Time Initiative, the Summer Youth Employment Program, and more on the DYCD website. Find programs in your area by visiting the DYCD programs page. View NYC Youth Guide to Summer Fun for more information on summer activities and events throughout the city.
- NYC Parks & Recreation Department
Visit the Public Programs page to learn more about Summer Day Camps, Kids in Motion, Imagination Playgrounds and Mobile Recreation. Information about year-round Parks Department programs is also available on this page.
- NYC Parks – Free Outdoor Pools
Welcome summer by visiting one of New York City's free outdoor pools! Starting June 27 through September 1, NYC Parks’ outdoor pools will offer many amenities including free summer swim programs for all ages and abilities and free, healthy summer meals provided by USDA through SchoolFood, a part of the NYC Department of Education for all children 18 years old and under. Help us spread the word by downloading a flyer to promote the local pool in your school district here: http://tinyurl.com/pool-flyers. For more information, visit nyc.gov/parks.
- Public School Athletic League
Big Apple Games: July 7 – August 6
The Recreational Program, designed as an extension of the PSAL, accommodates children from grades 4 through 12 including students with special needs. This Summer’s Program will operate from Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 to Thursday, August 6th, 2015. The program offers a variety of recreational opportunities for our children.
The Junior High School Program operates from 9 am-3 pm and uses a camp concept in providing recreational opportunities. This program is designed to offer a variety of activities including arts and crafts, game room activities and various sports skills for students in grades 4 to 8.
The Afternoon & Evening Teen Recreational Centers operates from the hours of 1-5 pm & 6-9 pm Monday-Thursday. This program provides activities in various sports, such as wrestling, volleyball, basketball, softball, floor hockey, team handball, gymnastics and ultimate Frisbee. These sites also offer game room activities, arts and crafts and swimming instruction.
We also offer sport specific skills programs for students of middle school and high school age in baseball, softball, football, track & field, cricket and soccer. All sites are staffed with licensed teachers and school safety officers.Registration is ongoing at the website on a daily basis. Site also shows the full schedule and location list.
NYC Department of Health
Visit their website to find summer camps in each borough that received permits from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene last summer.
NYCHA’s recreation programs encourage young people to get outdoors, have fun and get fit. Its Community Centers offer summer day camp programs, and selected centers operate evening programs for teens. Visit NYCHA’s Recreation Programs page to learn more.
Join the Summer Reading 2015 program to log books, win badges, create avatars and more. Learn more about Summer Programs and Reading Lists at the New York Public Library Kids! website and the Resources for Teens page. Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Library also hold events for kids throughout the summer.
NYCgo.com offers great information on free activities for kids, as well as NYC museums that are always free on certain days of the week.