Parents of young children in the 67214 zip code or surrounding area have an opportunity to enroll their youngsters in Smart Summer, a new, free program being offered for the first time this year.

The program is an initiative of the Greater Wichita YMCA and is open to children who will be in kindergarten, first or second grade in the fall 2023 and  live in or attend school in the 67214 zip code or the surrounding area. The classes will be at The Center, 1914 E. 11th St. North, from July 5 to Aug. 3, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Educators from USD 259 will provide learning materials that are in alignment with USD 259 standards. There will be non-traditional learning in the afternoons that will consist of arts & crafts, STEM, coding, drama, horticulture and more.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided, transportation is on your own.

The Smart Summer Program is free, but you must register.  Space is limited so all those interested are urged to register as soon as possible.

Funding for Smart Summer is made possible through initiatives of the Wichita Collective Impact,  funded through a $2 million grant from Cargill Protein North America, created to help make our community a more equitable place to learn, work and succeed. The program is led jointly by the  Greater Wichita YMCA, United Way of the Plains, the Public Policy & Management Center at Wichita State University and Wichita Public Schools.

Interested families should contact Lawanda Deshazer by email is Lawanda or phone (316) 219-9622.