I know, I know it’s only February, but it is time to start thinking about what to do with the kids for the summer. If you are like many Central Iowa parents, you must find programs where your child will be cared for while you work. Some kids attend day camps, while others attend weeks of scheduled activities. Regardless of your choice, here are some questions to ask, to help you determine, which summer program is right for your kids and family.
- What is the enrollment process and deadline?
- Do you have to enroll for the whole summer? What about vacation time or if the child wants to attend another program?
- Is there a registration fee?
- What is the tuition? And, are there any extra fees?
- What’s the refund policy?
- What type of transportation is provided?
- Are lunch and snacks provided or will kids need to bring their own?
- If my child takes medication, how is that handled?
- What are the hours and are there any late pickup fees?
- Who do I notify if my child will be late or absent?
- What are the typical ages or grade levels of participants?
- Can parents drop by for a visit?
- What activities are provided?
- What equipment or supplies will my child need to bring on a daily basis? (Water bottle, sunscreen, closed toed shoes, swim gear, etc.)
- If the kids go swimming, how are they monitored?
Summer camp and programs are great opportunities for kids to make new friends and learn independence. But trusting your kids to one requires careful thought and consideration.
What are some questions you want the answers to before enrolling your kids in summer camp?