Park and recreation agencies nationwide are keeping children active, learning, and engaged this summer through a variety of program offerings. Parks are particularly well positioned to offer programs outdoors, in parks and open spaces, and help children discover a love for nature and outdoor play.These same communities also rely on the support of key federal funding streams like the 21st Century Community Learning Center program and the Summer Food Service Program.
That’s why we invited you to experience what a typical child experiences in a summer camp or out-of-school time program offered by local parks and recreation. You saw firsthand how federal funding is critical to fostering healthier youth through out-of-school time (and have a blast while doing it!). This event was a kick-off to July — the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month.
NRPA’s Legislative Asks for Summer Camp on Capitol Hill
Friday, June 29, 2018
Garfield Park, First St SE & F St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Thanks to our members, the DC Department of Parks and Recreation, the Maryland National-Capitol Park and Planning Commission, and the Caroline County (MD) Recreation and Parks Department, we offered several activities for you to try out. These were activities children would participate in throughout summer camp and during out-of-school time programs. These programs help children grow, learn and stay healthy.
- Soccer hosted by DC Scores, the non-profit partner of the D.C. United soccer team
- Tennis with USPTA pros David Robinson, Jennifer Beekman, Lancy Carr, Chuck Miller, Jake Cruz, and John Conway (tennis swag and prizes available!)
- Nutrition education, including berry painting and taste testing
- Greening STEM environmental education activities
- AND a Canoe Photo Booth where you could rock your new sunglasses from our check-in giveaway!
NRPA and its member partners offered small giveaways like sunglasses and more!
We're proud to partner with likeminded organizations to highlight the important work of out-of-school time programming.
The nation's leading voice for afterschool, the Afterschool Alliance is the only organization dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for more afterschool investments. The Afterschool Alliance works with more than 25,000 afterschool program partners and allied organization to ensure that all youth have access to affordable, quality afterschool, summer and before school programs.
Food Research & Action Center
The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) is the leading national nonprofit organization working to eradicate poverty-related hunger and undernutrition in the United States. Learn more at FRAC.org.
National Afterschool Association
NAA is the membership association for professionals who work with children and youth in diverse school and community-based settings to provide a wide variety of extended learning opportunities and care during out-of-school hours.
National Summer Learning Association
The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) is the only national nonprofit focused on closing the achievement gap by increasing summer learning opportunities for all youth. NSLA offers expertise and support for programs and communities and advocates for summer learning as a solution for equity and excellence in education.
The American Council on Exercise
The American Council on Exercise (ACE) is a nonprofit organization with global reach that works to improve physical-activity levels by certifying exercise professionals and health coaches, publishing original research, convening experts on physical activity and health, working directly with community groups, and advocating for policies to get people from all walks of life moving. The 80,000 exercise professionals and health coaches certified by ACE are among the most respected in the world of fitness, helping people embrace physical activity and adopt a healthier lifestyle.
We're thankful for the cool swag our affinity partner, Fun Express (a subsidiary of Oriental Trading), sent to support this event.