Bridge the Break | Winter & Spring Break Programming

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United Way of Santa Barbara County's Academic Achievement initiative provides students countywide with individualized support to improve literacy skills, on-time graduation rates, and academic performance. For over 27 years, United Way has partnered with local school districts and educational agencies to provide these tools and resources for local students and families to build their own brighter futures. 

As United Way's newest program in the Academic Achievement initiative, the Bridge the Break program offers daily literacy practice, STEAM activities, social-emotional learning, outdoor recreation, and community exploration and engagement for students in TK–5th grade during the winter and spring break. Each session is created in collaboration with the participating school district, providing a localized and engaging program track that is fine-tuned to the local needs and goals of each district. 

Built on United Way's data-driven and award-winning academic model established for out-of-school time programs like Fun in the Sun, students participating in the Bridge the Break program will enjoy engaging activities and experiences that create a comprehensive and exciting learning experience over the course of the week-long program. 

Now Enrolling:

Carpinteria Unified School District - Spring Bridge the Break 

Enrollment closes on February 23, 2024.

Enroll Now



Inscríbase aquí

La inscripción cierra el 23 de febrero de 2024.

Carpinteria Unified School District 

Now Enrolling:

Enrollment closes February 23, 2024


Location: Canalino Elementary School 

1480 Linden Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013


Program Dates: March 25-29, 2024

Monday - Friday, 8AM - 5PM

A nutritious breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided


Enroll Now




Inscríbase aquí

La inscripción cierra el 23 de febrero de 2024.

  • Must be a student in TK - 5th grade in the participating school district
  • Parents/guardians must attend the program orientation
  • This is not a drop-in program; participants must attend at least four (4) program days

*Participation in the program is subject to capacity, and waitlist thereafter.

Carpinteria Unified School District - Winter 2023 

December 18-22, 2023

"We can't thank you enough for providing such an exciting fun-filled week for our students during Winter Break. We greatly appreciate the engaging programs and support for our students as they deserve the best! Thank you!"

Diana F. Rigby

Superintendent, Carpinteria Unified School District


"So happy to have had this program as an option for winter break. It means so much to us knowing our child is in a safe environment socializing have a good time. Thank you so much!"

2023 Winter Break Participant Parent 


"Fue la primera vez que mis hijas participaron en un programa y les encantó.Ellas se sintieron felices yo lo estuve también."

2023 Winter Break Participant Parent 

For questions about the Bridge the Break program, open enrollment, or to learn more about partnership opportunities in your school district, please contact United Way: 

Frances Contreras