Summer Programs: Keeping Greater Hartford’s youth engaged

Summer should be fun, but it’s also important to engage young minds year-round so that educational gains are not lost. 

For more than 50 years, the Hartford Foundation has partnered with Hartford Public Schools to promote quality summer programming in Greater Hartford. Together we publish the annual Summer Programs Directory, which offers a variety of free and affordable summer programs for Greater Hartford youth. Options for youth and adults with disabilities, as well as for senior citizens, are also included.

In 2019, we awarded more than $810,000 in grants to support 56 programs, operated by 45 agencies throughout the region, allowing more than 10,000 school age youth in Greater Hartford to participate in summer learning programs. 

The achievement gap between low-income and middle-class students is affected by access to summer learning opportunities. Investing in quality summer programs expands access to underserved youth to year-round learning. Fundamentally, the summer programs also serve the need of parents to have safe, affordable summer program options that engage youth. We're proud to support summer programs and help prevent summer learning loss. 

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