Alva Review-Courier -

By Jennifer Palmer
Oklahoma Watch 

Summer and after-school care out of reach for many families


Ponca City's Girl Power Day Camp introduces eighth-grade girls to nontraditional careers for women, such as manufacturing.

Two years ago, Erin DeVoe sent her son, Hayden, to summer camp at a private school at a cost of $250 a week, which crunched her budget.

It wasn't even full-day, and she had to pick him up mid-afternoon. That can be tough for a working parent, particularly for a single mother like DeVoe, who is a teacher.

"I couldn't do it again," she said. "He'd asked about it a couple of times, but I couldn't do it again."

When school's out, many parents face a struggle. Research shows that children without access to a summer and after-school learning activities can suffer academically and slip backward i...

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