NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Two City Council Members have proposed a bill that would make summer camp free for all New York City students.
The bill, introduced Tuesday, would require the city's Youth and Community Development Department to determine the scope and resources to provide summer camp for all city kids by 2022, according to The Daily News.
At the moment, summer youth programs are often not funded until the city's final budget is determined in June, causing uncertainty for parents, program providers and kids.
The NYC Parks Department offers a summer day camp for students aged 6 to 13, which costs between $500 and $575 for seven weeks.
One of the bill's sponsors, Debi Rose of Staten Island, tweeted, "It is time we build on our successes with early childhood education in the city and give all students seeking a spot in a summer program the opportunity to participate."
It is time we build on our successes with early childhood education in the city and give all students seeking a spot in a summer program the opportunity to participate.https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/ny-summer-camp-universal-20200211-k7htf7ldn5fthfn3fdj2s36rfq-story.html …
Year after year, our summer youth programs are not funded until we come to a final budget agreement in June, leaving parents and providers in a shadow of uncertainty. This late decision has the potential to also reduce the number of students providers are able to accommodate.
Rose, who proposed the bill with Ben Kallos of Manhattan, also wrote, "Summer program are invaluable experiences that build self-esteem, social skills, leadership skills and friendships in a safe, constructive environment. They also help curb summer learning loss, which disproportionately affects students from disadvantaged backgrounds."