MDS operates vacation camps during February and April break weeks (consistent with public school breaks) and a summer program for up to seven weeks (typically three in July, four in August). Attendance at these camps is optional and available for an additional fee. Enrolled MDS children are the primary participants, but older siblings who are already five (kindergartners attending elementary school) are welcome, too.
February and April camp weeks have their own special themes (e.g., science, construction, things that grow, transportation) and are staffed by our regular teachers. Typically up to a third of MDS parents send their children either of these weeks, depending largely on their work and vacation schedules and their child care needs.
Summer program is open to all MDS children and big siblings up to age five (kindergartners/rising first graders). Summer enrollment is for at least one whole week (no partial weeks). We ask that parents enroll their new MDS children for at least three consecutive weeks of summer program, so it can serve well as a gradual phase-in process. This is especially important for those who haven't separated from parent or caregiver before. Children who turn two in the summer may not start program until their birthday or later. Summer program is staffed by talented and experienced MDS teachers partnered with eager summer interns and specialists. Summer themes tend to be outdoor-focused, and activities include soccer, gardening, frequent trips to parks to enjoy playground equipment and sprinklers, and some special adventures. Participants have daily rest time in their air-conditioned classrooms. Swimming lessons might be an option starting in summer 2017. Stay tuned!