It’s Time to Choose a Summer Camp for Your Children
The child care experts from Kiddie Academy offer families a practical approach to selecting a summer camp program.
May 05, 2015 // Franchising.com // Baltimore, MD – The days are growing longer, and that means that time is growing short for parents to find the right summer camp program for their children, say the child care experts from Kiddie Academy, an educationally focused child care provider. Popular programs fill up quickly, so the earlier families begin their search, the wider their choice of camps will be.
“The summer camp experience can offer your children some real benefits beyond fun and field trips,” said Richard Peterson, vice president of education for Kiddie Academy® Educational Child Care. “Summer camp programs can help your children test their boundaries socially, physically, mentally and emotionally, while the more relaxed atmosphere of a summer program helps open children up to new experiences. The right program can help a child develop leadership skills and a sense of independence, which are important building blocks for future academic and personal success."
The challenge for families is to balance parental concerns like safety and enrichment with their children’s need for fun, friends and a “vacation” experience. For families who are not sure how to begin their search, Peterson suggests starting with some basic, practical considerations:
- Eliminate camps that simply won’t work with the family’s schedule.
For example, working parents may need to rule out camps that don’t offer extended hours or simply don’t fit with their work schedule.
- Check with your current childcare provider, especially if you have more than one child.
Your existing childcare provider may offer traditional camp activities over the summer, geared for varying age groups.
- Employ the buddy system.
The parents of your children’s friends are a great resource for information on camps. If you choose a camp that works for both families, parents can share drop-off and pick-up duties and children will have a built-in camp buddy.
With a list of possible camps in hand, parents can turn their attention to the camp program itself. Peterson suggests talking to your children’s friends directly about their favorite camp experiences, while keeping your own children’s priorities in mind. “Some children may thrive on camp programs that combine educational enrichment with fun activities,” Peterson explains. “Others may enjoy exploring their abilities and learning new skills with an eye toward signing on for lessons during the next school year. The more you keep your children’s interests in mind, the more enjoyable the summer will be for them and for you.”
Peterson invites families to consider Camp Adventure at Kiddie Academy. The program is designed to help build character, grow self-confidence and reinforce school skills. Structured around Kiddie Academy’s proprietary Life Essentials® curriculum, the program offers fun-filled events, special guests and field trips along with physical and creative activities.
For more information about the Camp Adventure summer program, please visit www.kiddieacademy.com:
About Kiddie Academy®
Since 1981, Kiddie Academy® has been a leader in education-based child care. The company serves families and their children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old, offering full time care, before- and after-school care and summer camp programs. Kiddie Academy’s proprietary Life Essentials® curriculum, supporting programs, methods, activities and techniques help prepare children for life. Kiddie Academy is using the globally recognized AdvancED accreditation system, signifying its commitment to quality education and the highest standards in child care. For more information, visit www.kiddieacademy.com.
About Kiddie Academy® Franchising
Kiddie Academy International, Inc. is based in Maryland and has more than 130 academies located in 23 states. Approximately 30 additional academies are in development, with 15 to 20 new locations slated to open each year. For more information, visit www.kafranchise.com.
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