School is out for the summer.
Now what? Summer vacation? Chill time at home enjoying your little ones?
For many working families with school-aged children, summer break is the equivalent of a pop quiz for most students. Something to dread, not look forward to.
When school is in, working parents can breathe easy knowing that there children have a safe and supportive place to be while they are at work.When school lets out, they now have to figure out childcare and the extra cost of providing additional meals and snacks for their children since they won’t have the benefit of school nutrition programs.
With already tight budgets, there just isn’t room to pay summer camps.
“In 2014, parents reported planning to spend an average of $958 per child on summer expenses. Those who can’t afford camps or summer learning programs cobble together care from family members or friends, or are forced to leave children home alone,” the New York Times reports. ( The Families That Can’t Afford Summer)
“Self-care for 6- to 12-year-olds increases during the summer months, with 11 percent of children spending an average of 10 hours a week on their own. In July 2014, a South Carolina woman was arrested when she left her 9-year-old in a park while she worked. Parents afraid of being at the center of a similar incident may be more likely to park their kids in front of the TV.
“In summer, the lack of affordable child care and the achievement gap collide for lower income families. Most kids lose math skills over the summer, but low income children also lose, on average, more than two months of reading skills — and they don’t gain them back. That puts them nearly three years behind higher income peers by the end of fifth grade, and the gap just keeps getting wider.”
At My Sister’s Place, our goal is to help our residents overcome the obstacles that lead to their previously unstable living arrangements. Typically, this means eliminating barriers to employment – childcare, transportation, clothing, skills.
During the summer months, we are committed to ensuring that working moms do not have to worry about childcare. We are committed to providing enriching summer expenses for 100% of our children. And so far this summer, we have kept that promise. Every child that has walked through the doors of My Sister’s Place this summer has been provided access to day camp – at no expense to their families.
Play a Role
For just 5 weeks, we have already spent nearly $800. While the cost is a little steep, providing peace of mind for mamas while they look for work and summertime fun for our kids is truly priceless.
Summer isn’t over yet though and we need your help.
Won’t you please consider making a donation of $120 today to provide a week of summer enrichment for a homeless child?