New Hampshire Department of Education: ReKINDling Curiosity Summer Camp Financial Assistance
The New Hampshire Department of Education is partnering with New Hampshire camps and school-age summer programs across the state to offer students the unique opportunity to move beyond COVID-19 and be a kid again. Students of all ages, backgrounds and abilities benefit from exposure to short-term summer enrichment programs, including in the areas of challenge, friend-making, positivity, and emotional safety.
During the summer of 2021, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on student social, emotional, and mental health, the Department of Education, using federal COVID-19 response funds, offered a program to help pay the youth recreation camp fees of students from low-income households to improve student social, emotional, and mental wellness and support continued development of the whole child, especially by alleviating student anxiety and trauma resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. These experiences were designed to help New Hampshire students return to in-person school with a rekindled curiosity, excited and anticipating a return to academic instruction.
As a result of the success of this program during the summer of 2021, the Department of Education will continue the program for the summer 2022, and we are hopeful that many families will be able to take advantage of this opportunity.