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Summer Early Focus

Summer Early Focus 2019

Boston Public Schools (BPS) is taking the lead on summer learning with Summer Early Focus, a 5 week program designed by the BPS Department of Early Childhood, open to BPS students in grades K1- Grade 2.

Now accepting applications to our online lottery by April 1, 2019!

See below for more information about the program, as well as our online application.

School leaders and teachers: We need your help to share this opportunity with your students’ families! Here is a flyer in English, Español, and Kreyòl. Please print and share the application process with your families!

Summer Early Focus Program Overview

The Summer Early Focus program will be held from July 8 to August 9 from 8:30-2:30pm at the following sites:

There is no cost to parents/guardians for their child to attend this program, but full attendance is required for all 25 days in order to attend! There will be breakfast, lunch and snack time, academic and enrichment components, as well as field trips. No transportation will be provided - please plan to pick your child up by 2:30pm.

New: Online Application Process

This year we are taking our application process online - please apply by April 1, 2019 to be considered for a seat!

See our online lottery application in:

Please note that seats are limited. We will conduct a lottery to accept students, or place them on a waitlist.

Lottery Timeline

  • Monday, April 1, 2019

    • Deadline to apply for a seat using the online application form.

  • Monday, April 22, 2019:

    • Parents/Guardians will be notified by email, if they have been accepted or placed on the waitlist.

    • In order to reserve the seat, parents/guardians will receive the Summer Early Focus Seat Confirmation Request Form, and will need to fill out their contact information and confirmation that they have accepted the seat.

  • Wednesday, May 1, 2019

    • Deadline for parents/guardians to reserve their child's seat by filling out Summer Early Focus Seat Confirmation Request Form, otherwise the child may be moved to the waitlist.

    • We will provide you with a Summer Early Focus Confirmation Letter by email if we have received all information by the May 1st deadline.

  • Monday, June 10, 2019:

    • If placed on the waitlist, you may receive a call beginning on this date if a seat is available.

  • Monday, July 8, 2019:

    • Please arrive at your Summer Early Focus program site with your child before 8:30am on the first day of the program to sign additional paperwork.

Summer Early Focus Program Details

The Summer Early Focus program builds on children's learning during the school year. It is highly engaging, and child-driven. Two BPS teachers support up to 20 students in each classroom with our Summer Early Focus curriculum. We will serve approximately 240 BPS students currently enrolled in Grades K1 to 2nd (80 students per site). Students will continue to engage in high quality instructional practices, take field trips and have structured and unstructured play opportunities.


Children will also have classes in dance, music and physical education, have visitors who teach them about what they are learning in class (such as the New England Aquarium), and go on field trips such as the Franklin Park Zoo and Boston Children's Museum. Summer Early Focuswill build your child’s skills in critical thinking, creativity, social awareness & relationships, teamwork and self-regulation - all while having fun!


Curriculum

Click the links for the project-based, student-driven curricula:

  • Rising third grade students are exploring bicycles, thinking about the different functions of a bike, how a bike works, and bicycle safety. For a final project, students will envision a bicycle-friendly neighborhood. (See our press in the Boston Globe and on Twitter!)

  • Rising second grade students will think critically about food, thorough the exploration of food from various cultures, including where food comes from and making nutritional choices. For a final project, students will consider the complexities of a restaurant.

  • Rising first graders are learning about insects and habitats through a specific selection of the Focus on K2 curriculum designed for summer learning. In learning about bees and butterflies, they will think about the important role each plays in our environment and lives.

  • Incoming kindergarten students are exploring ocean and seashore animals native to Massachusetts. This curriculum will help prepare students for kindergarten in the fall through exposure to the structure of the day, literacy, math, and center-based activities.

Thanks to the BPS literacy, math, and early childhood coaching and teaching team efforts, all curricula are further supplemented with enrichment activities including field trips, storytelling and story acting, and project-based learning.


Summer Early Focus History

In 2013, DEC launched the Kindergarten Ventures Early Focus program. Designed for children who have never had a formal pre-school experience and who will be attending BPS K2 (kindergarten) in the fall, this program introduces students to the structure of the K2 day, including curriculum and transitions. Additionally, this program provides workshops to parents so that they are best equipped to understand and navigate BPS resources and to support their child during his/her K2 kindergarten year. See press and publications about Summer Early Focus on our Research & Policymakers page.


Proven Results

An evaluation of the 2009 Summer Early Focus program (then called Summer Reading Academies) showed students who attended exhibited significant gains in three out of the four DIBELS subtests. More, the evaluation showed that ELL, African Americans and boys showed compelling progress after participating in the SRA. Internal analyses have shown these results repeating year after year. Summer Early Focus is also highlighted in an issue brief by MDRC related to the ExCEL P-3 study.


For more information, contact us, or see all BPS summer programs.