This summer, CFNC is proud to reintroduce our summer program to help 24 students gain the skills they need to enter kindergarten in the fall. CFNC originally shut down our summer program a few years ago due to a lack of funding. However, thanks to The City of Alexandria, and additional support from The Alexandria West Rotary Club for summer supplies, CFNC was able to open up our Wheeler location. An extension of what they learn over the school year, CFNC’s program is designed to give our students academic, social, and emotional support over the summer. Summer programs also reduce summer slide, during which children may regress and lose critical skills before the start of the following skill year. Summer slide is especially prevalent in lower income and disadvantaged communities, who often have less exposure to structured summer programs, camps, schools, and play groups. In addition, CFNC’s summer program is completely free for our families, giving parents more flexible work hours without the stress of paying for child care.
“Making sure these kids have a fun summer learning and experiencing new things is so important,” said Summer Program Director Brittany Jones-Smith, “Each week these kids get to learn about a new topic and have fun doing it.”
The first week of the summer program is under way at CFNC. The first week’s theme is Motion Madness, teaching our students how things move, like themselves. Movement is crucial to early education, as moving and running around can help focus young minds. It’s recommended that 4-year-olds get at least 60 minutes of structured physical activity and 60 minutes of unstructured physical activity a day. Thanks to generous funding from RunningBrooke, CFNC is able to implement Move2Learn programs not only throughout the summer, but the entire school year as well.
As part of Motion Madness, Brittany, along with teachers Miss Lydia and Miss Arnita, have planned splash days, crafts, experiments, and a field trip to the National Museum of the American Indian in D.C.
Thematic weeks continue throughout the summer. Next week’s theme is all about exploring space. This summer, we’ll also explore ecosystems and the animals that live in them, learn about different forms of matter with solids and liquids, and investigate rain and why we have rainbows. To bring even more excitement, CFNC is also bringing special guests to do yoga, perform music, and has planned several other field trips throughout the summer.
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CFNC is so happy that we can continue to educate kids and get them ready for Kindergarten over the summer. We know that by the Fall they’ll be ready to start the school year prepared to learn!