Summer is right around the corner. It’s time to start planning what your family will be doing during the months your children will be out of school. Emory understands many hard working moms and dads are interested in finding summer programs for their children. Below you will find some tips to help you plan your summer and locate quality camps for your children both at Emory and throughout metro Atlanta.
The first suggestion we have for you is to create a calendar and be sure to include dates children will be out of school and dates you will need activities for them. Try to plan any vacations during dates camps are not available (usually the week after school lets out and the week prior to school beginning again).
Start your summer planning as early as you possibly can. Quality camp programs have limited space and in large metropolitan areas such as Atlanta these slots fill up quickly. Some programs will give priority to families who have used the programs before or have more than one child enrolled at a time.
Be sure you research different options. A couple of resources you may find helpful include the Summer Camps at Emory 2009 and Emory’s Summer Camp Directory. If you are a parent with a child who has special needs, you may find the Georgia Learning Resource System’s Summer Camp Directory very useful as well. Emory also offers free Resource & Referral for summer camps (and other dependent care needs) through BrownRichards & Associates.
Earlier this spring, the Emory WorkLife Resource Center hosted a workshop titled, “Selecting Summer Camps” that offered points to consider when choosing which options are best for your child(ren) and your family. The presentation and these points for consideration are available for you on the Work-Life Worshop page of our website. When it is possible, try to allow your child(ren) to participate in the planning process and selecting the camp program he/she will attend.
If you have additional questions about summer camp options, contact Audrey Adelson, Dependent Care Program Specialist at Audrey.firstname.lastname@example.org or (404) 727-1261.