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Play S.A.F.E. to Return for its 27th New Brunswick Summer

New Brunswick families are invited to take advantage of a free program that keeps kids busy during the summer months with recreation, fun learning activities and exciting day trips to spots around the tri-state area.

PLAY S.A.F.E. (Summer Activities For Everyone) is a comprehensive summer program that provides New Brunswick children between the ages of 6 to 12 with a variety of activities like soccer, music, dance, swimming, video production, reading, games and trips in addition to academic preparation.

It is conducted by the City of New Brunswick’s Youth Services System.

PLAY S.A.F.E. runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from July 2-August 10 at various locations throughout the City. Each child in the program will also be provided a daily, free and nutritious lunch.

City locations for PLAY S.A.F.E. include Alec Baker Park, Roosevelt School, Lord Stirling Community School, Joyce Kilmer Park, McKinley Community School, Feaster Park, Lincoln School Annex, Buccleuch Park, Recreation Park, the Hub Teen Center, A.C. Redshaw School, Murphy Park/Woodrow Wilson School, and Memorial Stadium/New Brunswick Middle School.

Some of the specialty programs that have been developed to strengthen academic preparation and provide cultural development include:

  • A reading program staffed by certified teachers
  • Arts and crafts staffed by specialists in crafts for children
  • Dance camp and classes taught by professional dance instructors
  • A music and drama program in conjunction with the dance program
  • A video/media program
  • Environmental and nature programs
  • Alcohol and drug prevention programs
  • Nutrition and exercise programs including basketball, soccer and softball
  • Swim trips to area pools
  • Educational and recreational day trips.

The children will also have daily access to creative and cooperative games, crafts, playground games and board games.

The staff of the PLAY S.A.F.E. program includes certified teachers and staff from New Brunswick Public Schools and other area schools, college students, New Brunswick parents, work/study students from Rutgers University and New Brunswick teenagers who have completed training in the Summer Teen Employment Preparation Program.

For more information on the PLAY S.A.F.E. program or to obtain an application, call (732) 745-5300, ext. 5488 or email yssnewbrunswick@gmail.com.

The New Brunswick Youth Services System will be participating in the 2018 Summer Food Service Program from July 2, 2018 to August 17, 2018.

The Summer Food Service Program is a federal program of the Food and Nutrition Services, United States Department of Agriculture. This program provides all children 18 years of age and under with the same free meal in accordance with a menu approved by the state agency. In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.