These Local Summer Programs Will Keep the Kids Learning

It’s proven that students postponing their studies during summer months reduces their standardized test scores, increases their risk of developing unhealthy habits and could lose them about two months of math computational skills.

After all, a young person’s capacity for learning and retaining information diminishes as they approach adulthood, so there really is no time like the present.

Luckily, New Haven-based community organizations have kids covered, providing countless innovative educational and volunteer opportunities throughout the summer to learn, grow and have fun.


For all of our readers who are guardians of the future, here are a few summer events to keep the kids entertained—the educational way.

Boys & Girls Club of New Haven

Kids between 5 and 14 years old are welcome to join the club’s FACE of Summer Camp spanning from Monday, July 3 to Friday, Aug. 11. The six-week camp offers art and cultural field trips, visual and digital arts, sports programs, mentoring, book clubs, and music programs. Breakfast and lunch are provided at the state licensed program. The camp each day lasts from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the fee is $750, or $250 every two weeks. Limited scholarship opportunities are also available.

New Haven Reads

The volunteer-based organization hosts afternoon tutoring sessions to area students. The one-on-one program serves students in first grade through high school. Although the program runs periodically throughout the year, the summer session will last until Friday, August 11. New Haven Reads is headquartered at 45 Bristol St., New Haven.


New Haven Reads also operates a free book store for children of all ages, as the organization distributes more than 130,000 books per year. The store is open weekdays from 1–6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


On Wednesday, July 19, the local makerspace is hosting a free seminar for beginners centered on mold making and casting. Attendees will learn about the basics of working with rubbers, plastics, foams and gypsums for several applications, including toy making, culinary tools, casting wax and prototype model making. Bob Noreau, expert mold maker, will instruct the seminar from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at MakeHaven’s headquarters at 266 State St.

New Haven Free Public Library

When all else fails, lean on your local library. About 20 special events will be held at the library’s four branches through August 19. The library’s therapy dog, a golden retriever named Angus, will be waiting to read with children on Thursday, July 13 at 2 p.m.

Families are also asked to join activities at the Mitchell branch on Saturday, July 29 at 2 p.m. to learn about the projects from a previous LEGO Robot Rodeo program. A pair of summer learning challenges will close the summer on Saturday, Aug. 16 at 2 p.m. hosted at the Mitchell and Ives branch. Children of all ages are welcome at each event.

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