As the school year quickly winds down, ASAP wants to put hundreds of summer classes, camps, and activity programs at the finger tips of area youth development and after school programs.
As most programs know, filling a child's summer months with meaningful experiences can be a frustrating and time‐consuming task. Yet summer experiences matter.
While all children make similar school‐year gains in the early grades, summer learning loss may account for 80% of the achievement gap between advantaged and economically disadvantaged youth (Forum for Youth Investment).
By compiling information about area programs, Blueprint4Summer STL gives area organizations and parents access to St. Louis' summer offerings. The free, easy‐to‐use tool is accessible via computer or smartphone at: http://blueprint4summer.com.
Use the mobile app or website to search based on age, gender, interests, price, and ZIP code. Find day camps, sleep‐away camps, and sports camps; and art, music, and science programs.
Link to the camps' websites to learn locations via Google maps, how to apply, if they offer before and after care, and if scholarships are available.
Create a free account on Blueprint4Summer, bookmark favorite programs, save search results, and be kept informed as new programs are added to the database.
Print a calendar that maps out the summer plans – color‐coded for each child – and shows if there are overlaps or gaps in the schedules.
Blueprint4Summer is not only free and easy for parents to use, but it also gives camps the opportunity to list their programs for free. Small programs (with less than 10 offerings) can even enter their information online at http://goo.gl/forms/w91OqVkEUR.
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Blueprint4Summer is made possible by the generous support of a wide variety of financial and business partners including the Clark‐Fox Foundation, Build‐A‐Bear Workshop Foundation, Emerson Charitable Trust & Emerson Employee Contributions, Express Scripts, Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield, Jess Yawitz, John McDonnell, Joyce Wood Charitable Fund, Ron and Pam Rubin, St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis Regional Chamber, The Deaconess Foundation, The Foundation for Barnes‐Jewish Hospital, The McDowell Family Foundation, Ward & Carol Klein, William H. Danforth, and the William T. Kemper Foundation–Commerce Bank, Trustee.