Fun in the Sun is a 6 week summer learning program for local academically and financially at-risk children and families. It is Santa Barbara County's oldest and largest public/private partnership dedicated to long-term improvement in the lives of low-income children and families. FITS was named the winner of the National Excellence in Summer Learning Award by the National Summer Learning Association.
The program directly addresses summer learning loss and the achievement gap between low-income students and their middle/upper-income peers. Fun in the Sun does this through hands-on, project-based lessons, utilizing the best services and ideas from more than 80 local public and private organizations.
ENROLLMENT IS NOW OPEN FOR THIS SUMMER
June 22, 2020 - July 31, 2020
Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
For incoming grades 3 - 6
Solvang ONLY grades 3 - 8
Apply to be a Counselor in Training, grades 10 -12
To apply, please select the desired site below.
Located at Franklin Elementary in Santa Barbara for incoming 3rd - 6th graders.
Located at Harding Elementary in Santa Barbara for incoming 3rd - 6th graders.
Located at El Camino Elementary in Goleta for incoming 3rd - 6th graders.
Located at Canalino Elementary in Carpinteria for incoming 3rd - 6th graders.
Located at Solvang Elementary in Solvang for incoming 3rd - 8th graders.
NEW FUN IN THE SUN LOCATION OPENING THIS SUMMER!
Located at Mary Buren Elementary in Guadalupe for incoming 3rd - 6th graders.
APPLY TO BE A COUNSELOR IN TRAINING AT ANY SITES ABOVE
for incoming 10th - 12th graders
What services are provided through Fun in the Sun?
What are Fun in the Sun's results?
In 2019, 100% of participants maintained or displayed gains in their literacy skills, according to pre and post assessments. FITS's results have been so extraordinary that FITS was named winner of the National Excellence in Summer Learning Award by the National Summer Learning Association, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University and leading research body on summer learning loss and its effect on the achievement gap.
Why Fun in the Sun?
Because client parents spend much of their time working (on average, 2.2 jobs each), their children are often unsupervised during the summer, exposed to behavioral risks and “summer learning loss” of up to three months in prior learning achievements each summer, as documented by researchers and educators. Indeed, Johns Hopkins University researchers have more than 20 years of data to show that, due to its cumulative effect, “by ninth grade, summer learning loss can be blamed for roughly two-thirds of the achievement gap separating income groups” (TIME Magazine, August 2, 2010).
FITS provides students and their families with unique and engaging learning experiences to reduce and reverse summer learning loss and narrow the achievement gap between lower-income students and their middle/upper-income peers.
Who is involved with Fun in the Sun?