Miami-Dade County

Children’s Trust Summer & After-School Programs Guide now available

The Children’s Trust guide lists programs across Miami-Dade, like the YMCA program pictured, so that families can have access to all the information they need to put their children in the best summer program available.
The Children’s Trust guide lists programs across Miami-Dade, like the YMCA program pictured, so that families can have access to all the information they need to put their children in the best summer program available. The Children’s Trust

The Children’s Trust’s annual tri-lingual summer camp guide is now available while supplies last at Winn-Dixie locations throughout Miami-Dade and online at www.thechildrenstrust.org.

Every year, The Children’s Trust releases a directory of Miami-Dade summer programs in English, Spanish and Creole to help parents pick the ideal summer camp for their child.

Though the physical guides may run out, the online guide will be available through the summer. Parents can also call 211 for summer camp information.

Many programs in the guide are free or offer scholarships to families who qualify. Free and low-cost spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

“Publishing a guide is so important because parents often don’t know where to turn or how to find a program. We find that lack of information is what parents struggle with most,” said Emily Cardenas, senior communications manager at The Children’s Trust.

The list of programs is organized by ZIP code and includes all programs in Miami-Dade, not just those funded by the trust. Programs for children with disabilities are marked in the directory.

The guide also includes articles about summer safety, literacy, volunteering and how to pick the perfect camp.

The trust’s comprehensive directory includes camps such as the Trinity Church Freedom School, which inspires children to come together and learn about reading and various electives including martial arts, dance and drama. Trinity Church has been a provider of the trust since it began in 2002.

Thanks to the trust’s support, Trinity Church has been able to grow their camp and they plan to have 250 children between the ages of 4 and 14 participate this summer.

“[The guide] highlights our program for parents who are interested in a high energy program that has proven outcomes,” said Linda Freeman, executive director for Peacemakers Family Center at Trinity Church.

The trust also features programs tailored to kids with specific interests, such as the Greater Miami Youth Symphony’s summer camp.

With funds from the trust, the youth symphony holds a six-week summer camp for children ages 5-14. The symphony gives full scholarships to students in Miami-Dade to learn about music, reading and physical education.

“The guide helps us reach students who are not in our program during the school year and recruit new families to our summer program and year round programs,” said Lakeisha Frith, program director at the Greater Miami Youth Symphony.

Regardless of whether your child is an athlete, a musician or hasn’t found a niche yet, the trust’s guide has a program to make summer special without breaking the bank.

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