May 14, 2014

Tips for Choosing the Best Summer Camp for Kids

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The “official” start of summer may be Memorial Day Weekend, but parents with school-age children need to begin now to think about summer camp programs. Kiddie Academy®, a leader in education-based child care, reminds parents that popular camp programs fill up quickly, so for the widest choice of programs that fit your children’s and your family’s needs, the time to start the search is now.

“Parents want their children to be safe, active and happy at camp,” said Richard Peterson, vice president of  for Kiddie Academy® Educational Child Care. “Kids want to have fun, spend time with friends, and feel like they are on  With a little research, family discussion and give-and-take, both parents and kids can discover a summer camp program that works. But the key is to start the search early, while many programs are still accepting new registrations.”

With so many programs to choose from, it makes sense to narrow down your choices with some practical criteria. Peterson suggests using the following tips to find a program that fits with the family schedule and their children’s interests:

Once you have identified the programs that will work for the whole family, it’s time to consider – and talk to your child about – the program itself. Peterson suggests that parents weigh the merits and benefits of different types of programs, like the ones listed below:

“Summer camp programs can help your children test their boundaries socially, physically, mentally and emotionally,” said Peterson. “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.”

Structured around Kiddie Academy’s proprietary Life Essentials® curriculum, the Camp Adventure program at Kiddie Academy offers fun-filled events, special guests and field trips along with physical and creative activities. Camp Adventure is designed to help build character, grow self-confidence and reinforce school skills.

Kiddie Academy offers full- and part-time care, before- and after-school care and summer camp programs to families and their children.

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