Because kids still need to eat, learn, and stay safe when school’s out

During the summer months away from school, it’s crucial that children have access to healthy meals, safe environments, and books and educational opportunities so they can keep learning.

Public and private partners across Georgia—including the Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, Georgia Public Library Service, and Georgia Public Broadcasting—have come together to create this online toolkit with resources for summer reading, learning, safety, and meals.

We encourage you to connect with other Georgians this summer by using the hashtag #SchoolsOutGA to share photos, videos, and stories that show how your family is incorporating these tools into your everyday life. You can also submit your story to us so that we can share it with others.

Meal Programs

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO): These programs, administered by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning and the Georgia Department of Education, provide access to free and nutritious meals to children 18 and under during the summer months when school’s out. Find summer meal sites in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Meals Finder map. The website includes dates of operations, meals available at each location, meal times, and more. This summer, the Food and Nutrition Service is kicking off a new text-message option. Text Summer Meals to 97779 to find summer meal sites. (This institution is an equal opportunity provider. For USDA’s non-discrimination statement, click here.)

FoodFinder is a mobile and web app created by a Georgia high-school graduate that helps students and families find free food assistance programs quickly.

Safety Tips

Ga Summer Amy

Look Again: This campaign, promoted by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, calls for families and caregivers of children to have heightened awareness of the dangers of leaving children unattended in vehicles. With more than 337,000 children in Georgia child care programs each day, it is vitally important to ensure each child’s health and safety, especially during transportation. The website includes videos that address transportation issues.

Learning Resources

Capstone

This publisher’s mission is to help children develop a love of reading and learning, no matter their ability level. Capstone is offering free trials for the following tools to all preschool and elementary school students now through Aug. 1, 2018.

  • PebbleGo: This K-2 database is specifically designed to teach growing learners technology and literacy skills early in their school career. It’s also great for preschoolers. (Username: love2 Password: learn)
  • PebbleGo Next: This is the next step in research, providing students in grades 3-5 with more content and tools to meet their curriculum needs. (Username: love2 Password: learn)
  • Capstone Interactive eBooks: Over 5,000 titles will capture the imagination and curiosity of any reader. (Username: summer18 Password: lovetoread)

Georgia Public Broadcasting Summer Learning

GPB offers several summer learning resources and programs for families to celebrate PBS KIDS Summer Learning. Visit GPB’s Education Matters blog for resources to inspire kids to explore the world around them, sample new activities, build literacy skills, and deepen their love of learning. Learn more about GPB Kids programs, including screenings and activities.

GPB Kids Screening Parties:

  • Friday, June 8, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Enjoy a screening of Sesame Street and a literacy activity
  • Friday, July 13, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Enjoy a screening of Super Why! and a literacy activity


Georgia Public Library Directory

Use this search tool to find a public library near you. This summer, all of Georgia’s public libraries will show how “Libraries Rock!” by planning fun programming for kids that varies per library system.

Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network

This is a great resource for after school, before school, and summer learning programs in Georgia. Choosing a program that is right for you and your child can be overwhelming. Use GSAN’s map as a tool to begin your search for a summer program that fits your needs.

myON Digital Library

During the summer months, myON makes its digital library of more than 10,000 books for children and youth available to Georgians for free.


National Summer Learning Association

National Summer Learning Association’s vision is that all children and youth have access to high-quality summer learning experiences to help them succeed in college, careers, and life.


1,000 Books B4 Kindergarten

Public libraries across the state encourage parents to read 1,000 books with their children before the age of 5 through this fun and easy program.


PINES Kids Catalog

Check out the special link on the Kids Cat with titles that support the Georgia Public Library Service’s “Libraries Rock!” theme this summer.


Ready4K GA

Georgia parents of newborns through 5-year-olds can sign up to receive free texts with tips, facts, and resources to help prepare children for success in school. Text “GEORGIA” to 70138.


Tumblebooks

The Georgia Public Library Service provides access to this online book site through GALILEO. Families can connect to TumbleBooks through their local libraries.

Summer Camps & Child Care Programs

DECAL is partnering with Quality Care for Children (QCC) to help parents find summer camps and child care programs for the summer. Parents can verify their camps by visiting qualityrated.org to see if it is either licensed or exempt from licensing.

If parents prefer, they can speak with a summer camp referral specialist by calling 1-877-ALL-GA-KIDS (877-255-4254) Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. There are early hours beginning at 7 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and extended hours until 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Find out more about this service.