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Summer Camp for Preschoolers and Kindergarteners

Many kids look forward to summer vacation because it signals a break from school, from homework, and from the routines that seem to drag on forever while school is in session. The truth, though, is that preschoolers and kindergarteners need to continue to exercise their minds and reinforce the lessons they have learned during the "off-season." Like an athlete in training, kids should constantly be challenging their minds and learning new skills.

The Benefits of Summer Camp for Little Ones

Preschoolers and Kindergarteners are typically too young for sleep-away summer camps, but a great day camp will provide all of the mental stimulation and social interaction that your child needs to continue developing. Choosing the perfect summer camp for your child may seem intimidating at first, as of course you want to enroll them in the best program, but with a little research and a lot of planning you can find the perfect camp.

Parenting Tips to Select a Summer Camp:

  • Decide what kind of camp you want your child to attend. While the activities available for this age range are pretty standard, many camps put their own unique spin on the games and lessons that they teach. From religious camps to arts or academics-based programs, you are sure to find something to pique your child's interest. To keep your little one motivated, it's important that whatever camp he or she attends is instructional yet fun.
  • Ask for recommendations. After you have decided what kind of camp you want your child to attend, ask other parents what they think about local programs. Other parents' opinions will be much more helpful than brochures and websites—but these resources are also important to research.
  • Plan a visit. As you narrow down your search for the best summer camp for your kids, visit the programs that are ranking highly on your list of potentials. Many of these establishments are open year round and offer after-school care, so you will most likely be able to gain access to the environment in which your child will be spending the summer.

Making the Summer Camp Choice

Of course you want your children to attend summer camp programs that will engage their minds, enhance their social development, and allow them plenty of playtime to burn off all that energy. With a bit of research, you can make the perfect summer camp choice!