Children’s Trust offers summer tips for Miami-Dade’s kids

 

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Just in time for summer, The Children’s Trust is offering a guide with information for parents to choose a camp.

The Children’s Trust 2014 Summer Programs guide, offered in three languages, is available at all Miami-Dade Winn-Dixie stores and can be viewed online at www.thechildrentrust.org.

Experts say the summer break is a crucial period for kids as they miss out on two months of learning skills.

The last day for students in Miami-Dade public schools is June 5.

The resource guide provides useful information, including fun tips for youngsters, said Emily Cardenas, senior communications manager for The Children’s Trust.

“We want kids to be engaged during the summer time,” she said in a phone interview. “It is a time of year when kids have a tendency to lose two months of their math and reading.”

Keeping them engaged during that time helps retain more of what they learned during the school year, she said.

The guide offers tips on choosing the best summer camp, and it has information on fitness and literacy.

The Children’s Trust was established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County.

Cardenas said The Children’s Trust has subsidized slots for those children who qualify at more than 150 camps around the county, which are located in many community facilities, like churches and parks.

“For the average person, its like a scholarship so kids can attend at hundreds of location across the county,” she said.

While, there are camps that offer only one subject, many offer athletics, art, field trips and more.

Camp locations are conveniently organized by ZIP codes. Program fees are listed and locations serving children with disabilities are identified.

Parents are encouraged to seek free and low-cost options early because the Children’s Trust slots fill up quickly. Once subsidized slots are taken, regular fees may apply.

“I urge people to call early,” she said.

Information also can also be accessed by calling 211.

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