PHILADELPHIA –  Today Mayor Jim Kenney, Deputy Mayor Cynthia Figueroa, and Superintendent William R. Hite, Ed.D. kicked off the School District of Philadelphia’s Summer Learning Programming, a partnership with the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Children and Families and its network of Out-of-School Time (OST) providers at William Hunter Elementary School.

The partnership includes more than 24 Out-of-School Time providers, funded by the City’s Office of Children and Families who are supporting The School District of Philadelphia’s summer program this year. The Office of Children and Families OST providers will engage students in enrichment activities including art and sports throughout the week and a full day summer camp experience each Friday for students throughout the city. The program will operate for six weeks.

“We are so excited to provide children and youth from across Philadelphia with exciting summer opportunities. The partnership with the City, the School District, and our OST providers will provide a well-rounded summer camp and learning experience for students. We are grateful for the commitment and collaboration that made these programs a reality,” said Cynthia Figueroa, Deputy Mayor, City of Philadelphia Office of Children and Families.

The School District’s summer programs combine project-based learning with the OST extra-curricular programming, providing a fun and safe environment for students to continue learning during the summer months. Programs started today at schools across the city.

“Today marks an exciting milestone for the School District of Philadelphia as we begin our first day of our new, comprehensive summer programming, an opportunity designed to support students’ academic achievement and social growth,” said Malika Savoy-Brooks, Ed.D., chief academic support officer of the School District of Philadelphia. “These programs will engage students in a strong academic curriculum, provide personalized attention and enrichment and help prepare them for academic success in next school year and beyond.”

This partnership is part of PlayItSafePHL, which showcases more than 32,000 in person opportunities for children and youth this summer and is coordinated by the  City’s Office of Children and Families.