2-1-1 Child Care Launches 2010 Summer Camp Selection Referrals

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Connecticut nonprofit offers parents free, multilingual referrals to summer camp programs statewide

Looking for exciting and unique programs for your child to enjoy this summer? 2-1-1 Child Care can help. A nonprofit organization serving the State of Connecticut, 2-1-1 Child Care connects parents with child care referral specialists who work to help them find the camp program that best suits their child’s individual needs.

With more than 1,000 day and overnight camps in Connecticut alone, choosing the right camp can be overwhelming for parents.

“Our goal is to help parents navigate the camp enrollment process effectively, so that their children can enjoy a fun and rewarding summer,” said Sherri Sutera, senior vice president of child care services for 2-1-1. “2-1-1 Child Care maintains current listings for summer programs throughout Connecticut and our child care referral specialists are trained to help parents find programs that meet even the most unique or challenging circumstances.”

2-1-1 Child Care maintains listings of general recreation programs as well as specialty camps throughout Connecticut, including those for sports, horseback riding, music and those for children with special health care needs. Each of its child care referral specialists is trained to help parents become informed about the criteria that define a quality summer program and provide insight to help parents choose an appropriate program for their child(ren.)

With the National Camp Association reporting that more than six million children attended camp during the summer of 2009, Sutera encourages parents to do their homework, find the program that best suits the family’s needs and begin the enrollment process as soon as possible:

“With so many children being enrolled in summer programs, parents need to enroll their children early,” Sutera said. “In the current economic climate, parents may also face increased demand for more affordable programs. Consequently, it is increasingly important that parents understand all of the fees involved with their child’s camp experience. Know how much you are willing to invest and find out if you qualify for cost assistance.”

To learn more about choosing the right summer program for your child, call 2-1-1 or visit http://www.211childcare.org to reach a child care referral specialist.

About 2-1-1 Child Care:
Funded by the Department of Social Services, 2-1-1 Child Care is a free, multilingual resource that helps families across Connecticut find child care arrangements to best meet their needs. 2-1-1 Child Care offers access to Child Care Referral Specialists who educate parents about quality child care, technical assistance and resources for early care professionals, and data and statistical information on Connecticut’s early care system for early care stakeholders. 2-1-1 Child Care maintains current listings of licensed and licensed-exempt child care options throughout Connecticut. In 2008, 2-1-1 Child Care received almost 30,000 calls and over 70,000 web visits. To reach a Child Care Referral Specialist, call 2-1-1, or to learn more, visit http://211childcare.org.

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