Fun in the Sun logoFun in the Sun is a 6-week summer learning program for local children and families. It is Santa Barbara County's oldest and largest public/private partnership dedicated to long-term educational improvement in the lives of low-income children and families. Fun in the Sun was named the winner of the National Excellence in Summer Learning Award by the National Summer Learning Association. The program addresses summer learning loss and the achievement gap between low-income students and their middle/upper-income peers. Fun in the Sun provides hands-on, project-based lessons, utilizing the best services and ideas from 80+ local public and private organizations.




Picnic in the Park 

Join us for a volunteer opportunity to help distribute meals at Canalino Elementary School (Carpinteria) or Solvang Elementary School (Solvang). As part of our Fun in the Sun Program. United Way of Santa Barbara County is partnering with the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County to help provide meals to FITS participants and local children facing food insecurities. 

Both distribution sites will be located in the parking lots and volunteers will be provided personal protective equipment (PPE). Social distancing and safety precautions will be taken seriously for the safety of our volunteers and FITS participants.

Click here to sign up. 


Lunch Bunch 

Lunch Bunch playground supervisor is an hour-long volunteer opportunity for local community members to monitor Fun in the Sun students during recess. With program staff support, you will help oversee 4-6 pods of students (~12 students) and participate in playground activities. 

Volunteer opportunities are available from June 22-July 30, 2021 from 12:10pm -1:15pm at six different locations.

Click here to sign up.




To apply for Fun in the Sun for Summer 2021, please click here. 

Para aplicar a Fun in the Sun 2021, por favor, haga clic aquí.

If you have received your registration confirmation, please visit the link below to view the required orientation video before the first day of the Fun in the Sun program. 

View Orientation

View Parent Orientation in English

Ver Orientacion

Ver Orientación para Padres en Español


Missing or lost registration link?  /  ¿Falta el enlace de registro?

If your child has already been accepted to the Fun in the Sun program, and you do not have the registration link, please CLICK HERE to contact our staff for student registration. 

Si su hijo ya ha sido aceptado en el programa Fun in the Sun y no tiene el enlace de registro, HAGA CLIC AQUÍ para comunicarse con nuestro personal para el registro de estudiantes.



What services are provided through Fun in the Sun?

  • Adult Mentorship
  • Character Education
  • Daily Reading/Writing
  • Environmental Education
  • Expression through Arts
  • Family Fun Nights
  • Financial Literacy Training
  • Field Trips
  • Free Health Services
  • Free Lunch & Snack Daily
  • Nutrition & Health Education
  • Parent Education Seminars
  • Self-Esteem Building Activities
  • Service-Learning
  • STEAM Education
  • Sun Safety Education
  • Swim Lessons
  • Team-Building Activities
  • And more!

What are the 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?