New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

Oliver Strand

Time Out New York Free summer camp for all NYC kids? This City Council bill could make it happen by Oliver Strand

Free summer camp for all NYC kids? This City Council bill could make it happen

This comes at a time of the year when many families are strategizing about what to do with the summer. If you're a NYC parent, you're working out schedules (and budgets) for what your children will be doing in June, July and August—this is when you start enrolling your little ones in academic summer camps NYC kids love, and cool science camps 2020 has in store. In the near future, Universal Summer Youth Programs could be one of your options, offering something like a play-based extension of the school year only with tons of outdoor summer activities for kids: Your little New Yorker would be engaged, learning and having fun all year long.

The legislation was introduced by Debi Rose (Staten Island) and Ben Kallos (Manhattan). According to Rose, "Summer programs 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," she said in a statement. "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."