For school-aged kids, summer is all about fun in the sun and outdoor activities. Each summer, some parents decide to send their kids to summer day care.
We are still a few weeks away from summer break and the Child Care Education Services for Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota says it's nearly filled up for its summer program.
All year long children, from infants on up, can be found at Lutheran Social Services Child Care Center, but the summer is when the hallways get busy.
"We stay very busy. The summer is one of my favorite times of year because we get the school aged kids all day," Child Care Education Services director Heather Dewit said.
The summer program is offered to kids from kindergarten to 5th and 6th grade. Michelle Hemp, an infant room teacher is also a parent and her kids attend the program. She says she wants to see both her 12 and 8 year old learn, while having fun, even after school is out. She signs her kids up for the very active program early.
"I think about what they have activity wise, are they in the building all 8 hours while I'm at work or do they get them out and do things. Here they go swimming three times a week, they do a field trip on top of that so they are out and about and the kids don't have the chance to get bored," Hemp said.
Dewit says if you are looking for a summer program there are a few questions you should ask, like the teachers education level and experience. Another big thing is the ratio of staff to children.
"I think it's also key to ask about the activities and if they are developmentally appropriate and if it will help kids learn, if they will be exciting and engaging for kids," Dewit said.
Dewit says to always make sure it's a safe, but a fun leaning environment, that your child can spent their summer vacation in.
There are only a few spot left for the summer program. For more information you can visit its website lsssd.org.