New Hampshire Expanding Access to Summer Learning Programs

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.

Reviewer Analysis

John White

This is novel and touches on the needs of both kids and working parents. It’s smart and humane.

Learning Heroes

This is a great way to provide low-income kids with access to fun and enrichment in the summer, and gives parents the daycare they need. - Dr. Eyal Bergman

National Parents Union

This is fantastic and needed! It gives families the ability to take direct action, gives them plenty of time to plan and the freedom to select the camp that best serves the needs of their children and families. - Keri Rodrigues

New Leaders

The plan addresses both the needs of students and families by providing engaging opportunities and childcare. Students and families can choose the camp that best suits their needs and interests – an appreciated flexibility.

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