The Kennedy Summer Day Program (KSDP) provides children from families across the city with the opportunity to access a high-quality summer camp type experience at an extremely reduced rate. This program offers the full-range of services by providing daily transportation to and from camp, serving a healthy nutritious breakfast and lunch while providing a safe, educational and enjoyable summer experience to children.
KSDP offers students entering ages 5- 14 with a safe, structured environment for 8 weeks of the summer. In this program the large numbers of participants (125 max.) are divided into smaller age appropriate groups (Grades 1 & 2, 3 & 4, 5 & 6, 7, 8 & 9). In addition to the enriching recreation experiences, the pre-teen population is given the opportunity to learn counselor in training skills and assist professional staff in working with the younger children in the program.
Each day is comprised of a schedule where program participants travel from one learning experience to another (Sample Schedule is linked below). Activities include swimming, structured free play, playground and physical activity periods, arts and crafts, and our partnering agencies conduct hands-on learning workshops to further enhance the experience. The current partnerships began in the 2011 season and will continue into the 2016 season with the expectation of continued recruitment of new high-quality partners.
One partnership is with the New Bedford National Whaling Historical Park who provides programs which focus on environmental education and stewardship as well as historical interpretation of Fort Taber. The New Bedford Art Museum ArtMobile visits once per week and the New Bedford Public Library bookmobile provide opportunities to learn about arts and culture.
One of the highlights for this program is that transportation is provided to and from for all its participants as well as free breakfast and lunch through the Play in the Park and Summer Food Program. The program provides participants with a high-quality summer experience for a very minimal cost and most often provides financial aid to eligible participants.
For more information, please contact Melissa Medeiros at 508-961-3015 or email.