CEF announces summer programs

CARLSBAD — The Carlsbad Education Foundation (CEF) is rolling out its new programs for summer. The nonprofit will cover a gamut of educational opportunities for incoming kindergarteners up to high school seniors.Their educational and enrichment roster will include the CEF 2012 Summer Academy for high school students, Summer Enrichment for kindergarten up to ninth grade, and the Kids’ Care Program for kindergartners to fifth grade.

“This is pretty much the first year we have a very strong K-12 set of complimentary offerings,” said Valin Brown, chief executive officer of CEF. “They are really designed to provide the kind of level of care and service that’s needed regardless of which grade level you are in and that’s exciting.”

This summer marks the second year of the Summer Academy for high school students in which courses are designed for credits. Brown pointed out that last year was more of a pilot program where they gauged what courses would fit best to give students a “jump start” before the school year.

Some of the courses include digital photography, English 4, geometry, physics, Spanish 3, U.S. History, world history, and economics.

Noncredit courses will also be available such as SAT Test Prep, weeklong sports clinic, and a high school guide to college courses

Sessions at the academy will begin June 19 and end July 27. Classes will take place at Carlsbad High School.

“Carlsbad Ed Foundation is literally renting space from Carlsbad High School over the summer to create sort of a mini-campus location opportunity for the kids to enroll in the program,” Brown said. “We are trying to make it as easy and convenient as possible.”

It’s estimated that more than 100 students will take part in the Summer Academy and Brown expects this number to grow higher with each passing year. Courses are not restricted to Carlsbad students and are opened to accommodate kids from around North County.

Around 350 kids are expected to take part in the Summer Enrichment program. Entering its fourth year this summer, it will be held at Magnolia Elementary School. Brown said the most common feedback he receives from parents about this program is appreciations and thanks.

“Parents with kids in the elementary and middle school range are often looking for high quality opportunities for their kids to have fun in a summer context and experience learning,” Brown said.

The kids can try their hand at things such as Carlsbad Idol, video game design, Lego Robotics, digital photography, junior authors and illustrators, mandarin Chinese, iPad apps, and band camp.

“We want to have enriching, educational and enjoyable offerings for the kids,” Brown said.

To help busy working parents, Kids’ Care will also be based at Magnolia Elementary School.

Brown described Kids’ Care as providing a really strong compliment to the Enrichment Program. Parents have the choice of enrolling their children in Kids’ Care for the 10 weeks summer duration, or they can sign them up before or after the Summer Enrichment courses. Hours of care for K-through-5 students are weekdays, from 7:00 a.m. to 6:25 p.m.

Brown said that for working families this really is a godsend program. While parents are at work, their children can experience meaningful, safe, and enriching opportunities.

Kids’ Care offers a computer center, arts and crafts, fieldtrips, outdoor play, courses in beading and jewelry making, and so much more.

Last December, Brown said, CEF was able to secure a private donor which now allows them to offer partial, and sometimes on rare occasions, full scholarships, for income eligible Carlsbad students for all three programs.

“We hope all these programs become a strong annual set of offerings for the local community,” Brown said.

For more information on the summer programs, courses, prices and registration details, visit cefacademy.org, or call (760) 929-1555.

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