Summer Enrichment Program


Developing Young Minds and Bodies Over the Summer


A New Vision for summer

For some children, summer means a time of adventures, reading, excursions and enriching activities. But for many low-income students summer is filled with boredom, loneliness, isolation, and safety or behavioral risks.  Children with limited resources spend more time focused on video games, TV, unhealthy foods, etc., just to eleviate that boredom and isolation.  They shut down mentally, socially and physically and return to school at a disadvantage.

Fresno is one of a handful of communities in California that have taken the lead in building a model for California’s “New Vision for summer” programs. Schools in these regions have embarked on a pilot project, initially funded by the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, to build a new path for active learning, literacy, fitness and nutrition, and the out-of-doors. This new vision is achieved through unprecedented public-private-nonprofit support. Please click the link for more details: SummerMatters-Common Core and SummerMatters-Social.emotional

In Fresno County, Central Unified designed the Central Enrichment Summer Adventures Program (CESA), which is available to Central Unified 5th through 8th grade students with disparate access, at no cost 2013 Summer Briefing.  Documented results between students who participate in summer program activities show increased academic achievement in school and in their careers and community involvement.  The program runs five 6-hour days a week for five weeks fostering an enjoyable comprehensive learning environment that includes:

  1. Daily instruction by credentialed teachers in Math, Science (STEM) and basic language mechanics woven into a curriculum that results in a love of reading.
  2. Daily instruction and support of physical and out-of-doors activities, nutrition, healthier lifestyles and wellness.
  3. Daily training in important “soft skills” like healthy decision making, building character, problem solving, teambuilding, and concern for others.
  4. Daily involvement in cultural and civic experiences.
  5. Giving youth a voice and choice in their learning experience.

Please enjoy the Program video from CESA 2014:


An Exceptional Partnership for Youth

As resources decrease for summer learning it is imperative to develop partnerships in the community that offer unique expertise and resources to benefit students.   The Central Enrichment Summer Adventures program is privileged to collaborate with and benefit from the following supporters.

  • Central Unified School District
  • Fresno County Office of Education
  • David & Lucile Packard Foundation
  • Central Valley Afterschool Foundation
  • California Teaching Fellows Foundation