The ConnectiKids Summer Program is a four-week, full-day program offered in coordination with the Hartford Public Schools summer school schedule. Our program is the only program in the city to use a unifying, thematic approach that ties together academic and enrichment activities and provides an inspiring context for learning, recreation and positive socialization.
The ConnectiKids Summer Program exposes children to information, people, places, and situations while combining an ambitious curriculum of academics in the morning with an afternoon of exciting and enjoyable enrichment classes. The academic component of the program utilizes an integrated curriculum based on the program theme.
These experiences help students grow socially, define their identity, and understand their personal strengths, interests, and goals while contributing to increased school performance.
This year’s theme is “Get Up and Get Out”. This theme is designed to encourage students to explore their community through community gardening, nature centers, hiking trails and more. Within this theme students will be exposed to sustainable gardening in their community and in their homes, team building and positive reinforcement of one’s self-esteem through courses at the Riverfront Recapture, and reading materials encompassing the theme. In our core classes and activities students will receive informational curricula that is relevant to the themes of instruction. Students will gain knowledge about planting vegetables and herbs in community gardens, assessing plants using their notebook log, learn the importance of fresh fruits and vegetables, how to use the food grown not only in cooking, and much more. In other activities and classes students will receive additional information related to the overarching theme of each camp day.
ABOUT CONNECTIKIDS SUMMER PROGRAM: ConnectiKids Summer program is offered free of cost to West Middle and Dr. Michael D. Fox School students ages six through fourteen. The program is also offered to other Hartford Public School elementary students in grades 2-8 on a first come first served basis, the maximum number of students served during our summer months are 120. A high percentage of summer program participants are students who attend Hartford Public Schools “Early Start” program. Our school year students fill additional openings. ConnectiKids helps our schools reinforce and reward students for attending summer school to get the support they need to be on or as close to grade level for the upcoming school year. We also provide students access to a full day of equitable hands-on programming to keep them engaged.
Our summer program is theme based, with a variety of opportunities, practices, and activities used to provide high-quality content. Though the summer program theme changes yearly, there are five core elements that we maintain to ensure students are receiving an all-inclusive summer program. Our five core focus areas are social and emotional development, academics, focusing on literacy and STEM, health and nutrition, outdoor and physical activities, and exploration of self and their community, thus making a connection to what they are learning. The five central fundamentals of the program address the whole child, ensuring that they are strengthening their abilities to develop positive self-concepts. We also offer leadership and character development. This year’s theme is “Get Up and Get Out!”
We accept students in second through eighth grade from West Middle Community and Michael D. Fox elementary school. We serve 100-120 students during the summer. Student are accepted on a first come first serve basis. Students may be placed on the waiting list and will be notified when there is an opening. Our summer program operates from July 8th – August 2nd, Monday through Friday. This opportunity is free for all students.
FULL DAY PROGRAM: ConnectiKids will provide full day summer program this year! Students who are not mandated to attend Hartford Public School Early Start Summer Program have the opportunity to participate in educationally stimulating activities during the morning portion of the day and will receive explorative learning in the afternoon. Non summer school students can participate in full day or half day programming with ConnectiKids. Full day students must arrive at the ConnectiKids office beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Non summer school half day students must arrive at ConnectiKids office (814 Asylum Avenue, Hartford CT 06105) at 11:30 a.m. and NO LATER than 11:45 a.m. or students will miss lunch, as well as other activities as we all leave the premises to eat lunch and continue with our outdoor activities. Non summer school half day students can also meet at one of our participating schools (West Middle Community – 44 Niles Street Hartford CT or Michael D. Fox Elementary school – 450 Maple Avenue, Hartford CT) during lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m. All students will receive free lunch.
Students who participate in the all-day summer program must be dropped off to the ConnectiKids office between 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Beginning at 10:00 a.m. students will be separated in groups based on age and begin their morning activities. Students will participate in ConnectiKids Summer Book Club. Students will read Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory or Mr. Lemoncello’s Library during programming and at home with their families. Students will participate in enriching educational activities that correlate with the book and the overall summer theme. Students will also participate in physical movement activities to ensure they are “getting up and getting out!”
HALF DAY PROGRAM: Students mandated to participate in Hartford Public Schools Early Start Summer Program will attend their assigned summer school location and participate in core classwork with their teachers. Students will then receive lunch and be dismissed to ConnectiKids. These students will merge with our morning students and continue to participate in our on and offsite educational and explorative activities which includes, gardening at the Knox Foundation, Riverfront Recapture, dance, swimming at the YMCA, cooking – health and nutrition with a certified chef, and participate in field trips to various locations around Connecticut.