First Lady Jill Biden and U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona spent the afternoon at Horizons National children’s summer learning program at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven today. The program serves students from public elementary schools and provides enrichment activities based in English language arts, social-emotional learning, STEM, the arts, and more.
The visit was part of a tour to observe the impact of summer learning programs on pandemic recovery, with other planned stops in Michigan and Georgia.
“We’re proud that the first lady and our own former state commissioner of education made Connecticut the first stop on their tour of summer programs for children,” says CEA President Kate Dias. ”Together, their visit and the federal COVID relief dollars made available to education providers underscore the value this administration places on education and enrichment opportunities for our students.”
Thanks to federal COVID-19 relief dollars, enrollment at many summer camps and enrichment programs throughout the state is free or offered at a reduced price. The State Department of Education announced this week that space is still available at a number of summer camps.
“The pandemic has taken a toll on so many children and families—socially, emotionally, academically, and in many cases physically and financially,” Dias says. “COVID relief dollars for public schools and various summer programs are helping our students recover in critical ways.”
Catch highlights of Dr. Biden and Dr. Cardona’s visit on WTNH Channel 8.