As school lets out for the summer, parents eagerly hunt for day care, camp, and job options to keep young kids and teens occupied. Luckily, many positive activities exist throughout Massachusetts to provide enriching summer experiences for youth. If you’re seeking summer entertainment for a child or teen, explore the options available to determine what the best fit is for you and your family.
Family child care programs are a great summer option for infant to school-age children. These programs typically handle a maximum of six to ten children (with an additional assistant) and all providers are licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). An EEC License indicates that a program and its facilities have met standards for health, safety, supervision, and staff training. Before selecting a family child care provider, be sure to research key components such as the curriculum, environment, qualifications, diversity, and level of parent engagement for the program itself.
Over 25 summer camps operate in the state of Massachusetts alone for children age seven and up. These camps are required to be licensed by the local board of health in the city or town where it is located. All regulatory standards established by the Department of Public Health must be met, as well as any additional local requirements for the camp to be licensed. When researching the various choices, be sure to ask each camp for a copy of its policies. Inquire about staff background checks, as well as health care and disciplinary procedures. Additionally, DPH’s Questions and Answers Guide for Parents is a great resource to consult when picking out a summer camp that is right for you and your children.
Summer jobs can be a great opportunity for teens to gain new experience and save up some money of their own. Massachusetts residents under age 18 must apply for and obtain a youth work permit before starting a new job. Permits are issued either by the superintendent of schools for the municipality in which the minor lives or attends school.
Many Massachusetts communities participate in YouthWorks, a state-funded youth employment program. Youthworks provides funds for target communities to pay wages to low-income youth, aged 14-21, for summer jobs in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. Participation in YouthWorks is limited to eligible youth in select cities throughout the state. Remember to follow the guidelines for youth employment, including permit laws and amount of legal work hours allowed.
Quality summer care and job programs can play a crucial role in the social, emotional, and mental development of children and teens. Take the time to research options and choose the right program for your little ones this summer.
What are your recommendations for great summer day care, camp, and teen job resources? Share them with us by commenting below, or tweet us at @MassGov.
Apply for the 2016 Round of the MassWorks Infrastructure Program posted on Jun 29
The Baker-Polito administration recently announced that the 6th annual round of MassWorks awards is open and available for municipalities to submit applications. Applications are due between Aug. 22 and Sept. 2, 2016. How MassWorks Can Help Towns and Cities Through the MassWorks Infrastructure Program, the …Continue Reading Apply for the 2016 Round of the MassWorks Infrastructure Program
How to Become an Environmental Police Officer in Massachusetts posted on Jun 28
Did you know that the beginnings of the Massachusetts Environmental Police can be traced all the way back to the 1600s? Early colonists saw the need for laws and regulations regarding fish, wildlife, and natural resource protection. Today, environmental police officers, also known as a …Continue Reading How to Become an Environmental Police Officer in Massachusetts
Celebrate Independence Day in Massachusetts posted on Jun 23
As the state where the Boston Tea Party, Battle of Bunker Hill, and first shots of the American Revolution happened, Massachusetts is a special place to celebrate the 4th of July. Whether you’re looking for a free event for the family or a way to give back to America’s …Continue Reading Celebrate Independence Day in Massachusetts