I know we’ve all been there—being a young child or having children who are excited for the school year to end and for summer to finally start… until you realize you have no plans for the summer. Sure, there are things to do, such as going to the beach, amusement parks, and such, but they can be very costly and require a lot of planning. That is why I want to share how you can find free or low-cost summer programs local to you!
Here we will answer some of the most common questions on how to start your search for free or low-cost summer programs near you:
- Are there organizations offering summer programs for kids at no/low cost?
- What is the registration process?
- Who is eligible to apply?
- What kinds of activities do these programs offer?
- If the program is free, will it affect my immigration status to apply?
Are there organizations that offer summer programs for kids at no/low cost?
Yes! According to care.com, several organizations offer summer programs/camps for free or low-cost. The two most recommended are local parks and recreation departments and the Salvation Army. These facilities tend to provide quality, cost-effective programs that include various indoor and outdoor activities.
Cost: Cost may vary depending on location and type of program offered. Many of these sites will be free or offer discounts and financial assistance.. Please contact your local Parks and Recreation Department or local Salvation Army for more information.
What is the registration process?
To learn more about the application process, please contact your local Parks and Recreation Department by clicking here.
For the Salvation Army, you can find a program near you by clicking here.
Who is eligible to apply?
Children of all ages who come from low-income families are welcome to apply!
What kinds of activities do these programs offer?
Both of these organizations offer a great variety of activities: learning how to swim, play sports, create music, make art, fishing, and so much more!
If the program is free, will it affect my immigration status to apply?
No. According to USCIS.gov, if you apply for your child to attend one of these free/low-cost programs, it is not considered a public charge. Therefore, it will not affect your immigration status.