New Hampshire budgeted $3 million to provide families up to $650 for qualifying students to attend qualifying summer camps. The New Hampshire Department of Education says the goal is to support students whose social and mental health have been affected by the pandemic. Students with disabilities are eligible for the maximum award, and low-income students qualify for $350 or $500, depending on income. The money can cover camp attendance fees, supplies and materials, or meals and snacks during camp. The camps must be licensed and in good standing with the state licensing unit and serve 10 or more youth per day.
We are spotlighting this because the use of recovery funds to tend to the mental health needs of vulnerable students even when they aren’t in school is unique and worth watching.