Kids’ Club at Home Summer Program
As a result of COVID-19, The Gray House has created a unique program that will provide children with an educational and engaging experience focused on literacy support, self-discovery, community and character building…and, of course, fun from the safety of their own home.
Coordinated by educators, this virtual and at-home guided program serves children in grades 2-5 who live in Springfield and are from families considered to be low-income. The program runs Monday through Friday from July 6 through August 7. There is no cost for children to participate and all participants will receive a free tote bag filled with activity supplies to encourage daily engagement.
One of the main missions of the program is to address “summer slide” or summer learning loss. According to the National Summer Learning Association, low-income children lose more than two months in reading achievement during the summer. Many children experience this year after year and by the end of fifth grade, can be more than two years behind their middle-class peers.
The program is currently full. If you are already registered, you can access the program resources by visiting our Kids’ Club at Home web page.
Monday–Thursday, 3:45 p.m.–5:45 p.m.
The Gray House is currently assessing options for our 2020-2021 after school program based on our families’ needs and our capacity to safely host a program. We will post up to date information on this page when we have more details.
The Kids’ Club Afterschool Program provides a safe, supportive and encouraging environment where children can learn, grow and succeed. The program is licensed by the Department of Early Education & Care (EEC) and serves children in grades 2–5 who live in the North End of Springfield and are from families considered to be low-income.
The children receive academic support, participate in constructive activities and enjoy nutritious snacks, while surrounded by supportive and positive role models. Each week the children learn a Character Value word. They learn words like community, respect, perseverance, self-discipline and gratitude. The children define the words and are challenged to put them into action during the program, at school and at home. Kids’ Club focuses on community building, character development and establishing a strong foundation for the youth’s academic and personal success. We recognize that we cannot do this alone and work closely with the parents, guardians and the teachers of the children to ensure that everyone is on the same page when it comes to the child’s individuals needs and how to best support the child and each other.
Who is eligible?
Children enrolled in grades 2–5. Children must be at least 7 years of age at the time of enrollment and no older than 12 years at the time of enrollment. Children must live in Springfield and be from households considered to be low-income. Parents or guardians must be able to commit to their child’s regular attendance and must be able to have an authorized adult pick up and drop off their child each day of the program.
How many children are in the program?
The Gray House can only enroll up to 20 children due to licensing requirements. Children can be placed on a wait list for the following enrollment period if requested.
What is summer learning loss?
Children from low-income families lose more than two months of reading achievement during the summer. Many children experience this year after year and by the end of fifth grade, they can be more than two years behind their middle-class peers. Learn more at SummerLearning.org