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Why Summer Programs Are Critical for Children’s Development
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Why Summer Programs Are Critical for Children’s Development

Author Cristina Novoa explains why affordable summer programs are essential for children's development.

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  • Cristina Novoa

“I just don’t know what I’m going to do with Jonah. Today is the last day of his afterschool program, but there are still two weeks before school is out. And then what am I going to do until September?”

It’s early June and I’m catching up with my coworker, Karen. Every summer, she scrambles to find activities to keep her 13-year-old son Jonah safe, happy, and healthy while she is at work all day. After years of arranging summer care—a logistical and financial nightmare—she’s debating whether she can finally leave him at home this year. Karen recently told me that she worries her son may not be quite ready to stay home alone, but she doesn’t have many affordable summer care options for Jonah.

The above excerpt was originally published in MomsRising. Click here to view the full article.

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Cristina Novoa

Senior Policy Analyst