Directory of Local Resources for Families in Santa Cruz County
Since 2007 Santa Cruz Parent has provided a directory of businesses and nonprofits which serve families in Santa Cruz County. We hope you will find what you’re looking for here. If you know of a program or service not listed with us and which would benefit families, please let us know: email@example.com.
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Cabrillo Extension Summer Youth Camps
The Cabrillo Extension office will be closed to the public until further notice, and our staff are working remotely at this time. We are available during normal business hours of 9am - 5pm via phone or email.
California Connections Academy Monterey K-12
California Connections Academy is a good fit for students who:
- Need a supportive learning environment
- Need caring, certified teachers to cultivate learning
- May not thrive in a traditional school setting
- Need more time or flexible pacing
Choosing the right school makes all the difference
When students feel safe and supported, they are open to learning. And when they are given the right amount of challenge and reward, they thrive.
That’s why at Connections Academy, parents and caring, certified teachers collaborate to give students the individual attention they need, whether that’s through accelerated courses or extra support for struggling students.
See how Connections Academy brings out the best in every student!
Your student will grow academically and socially through:
- Tuition-free online school for grades TK-12
- Caring, certified teachers trained to teach online
- High-quality curriculum with electives at every grade level
- Teachers and parents who work together to support learning
California Virtual Academy, California, K-12
Our network of nine California Virtual Academies uses the K12 online curriculum to offer California students in grades K–12 an engaging learning experience. With personalized learning approaches, the academies and K12 provide the tools kids need to succeed—in school and beyond.
Here’s why California families have chosen the network of nine California Virtual Academies for their kids:
Our experienced, California-credentialed teachers, who are available online, by phone, and during in-person meetings.
The rigorous, engaging K12 curriculum, that covers both the core subject areas and electives. This curriculum packages high-quality lessons that help students achieve success at each and every level.
The online planning and assessment tools, resources, and hands-on materials* ranging from textbooks to microscopes, rocks and dirt to beautifully illustrated classic children's stories, and much more.
Our active, supportive school community, which organizes fun and informative monthly activities where California Virtual Academies' parents, students, and staff share their successes, helpful hints, and more.
The rigorous, tuition-free online public education that enables a learning experience that is personalized for each childThe network of the nine California Virtual Academies is fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Schools (ACS) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) for all academies, grades K–12, with the exception of our newest programs which are in the accreditation process.
The mission of the network of the nine California Virtual Academies is to provide California students with an excellent education, grounded in high academic standards, which will help them achieve their full academic and social potential.
The core philosophy of the California Virtual Academies is that all young people can achieve academic excellence if they are provided rigorous instruction, high standards, informed guidance, and individual attention. Although we use the computer as a learning tool, we believe that education is primarily a human endeavor that relies on caring individuals, involved parents, and committed teachers.
The network of the nine California Virtual Academies will serve as an example of how a school's parents, students, and teachers can reach their goals of achieving an excellent education through the effective use of technology. In conception, design, and delivery, the schools will be a model of innovation and excellence.
*Course materials vary by course and school. Please check with your school about offline course materials.
Our traditional Camp Gateway has been postponed until summer 2021 due to the County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency’s shelter in place order. We look forward to serving the larger summer camp community in 2021. Until then, Camp Gateway wishes everyone a healthy and safe summer!
This summer we’ll be offering TWO programs for Gateway families, with a variety of fun and engaging options, including academic support and enrichment classes!
Virtual Camp: Weekday mornings from June 22 – July 17
Join our incredible faculty — including Alli, Brandt, David, Emily, Lynn, Melanie, and Michael — for week-long programs ranging from Silly Song Sing-Alongs (Grades 1/2) to Comics, Cartoons, and Characters (Grades 3/4) to New Wave Board Games (Grades 5/6) to Improv 101 (Grades 7/8). We’re offering 19 different classes so there’s sure to be something for everyone.
Virtual camp will be FREE for families already enrolled in the 2020-21 school year. Yes, that’s right, it will be free! For families that aren’t yet enrolled, the flat-rate weekly price will be $50/week per child. Choose up to 3 classes a day for this low, low price! We know that many families are trying to figure out what to do this summer and we’re excited to offer this support to our families.
Virtual Camp will run weekdays from 9:00am-12:00noon. Check out the full schedule and course descriptions here.
Ultimate Recess Camp
One week sessions:
June 22, June 29, July 6, and July 13
1:30-4:30pm. Cost is $150 per week
Exclusively for Gateway families.
Ultimate Recess Summer Camp will run outside on our nine-acre campus, with spaces for toys and games, art, active play, and hanging out. We are following the county’s newest shelter-in-place order that allows summer camps to operate with specific health guidelines.
Click here to register for camp.
Overview of our Ultimate Recess Camp Policies
- Before entering camp each day, campers and staff will go through a health check, including taking temperatures.
- All staff and campers over 12 years old will be required to wear face coverings.
- All campers will be assigned a stable Cohort Group with a dedicated counselor and Homebase.
- Each Cohort Group will have dedicated materials, equipment, and have exclusive access to its own restroom facility for the week.
- Cohort Groups will not exceed 12 campers and will remain a minimum of 100′ apart whenever possible.
Click here for more details about Camp Gateway’s Ultimate Recess Camp Policies.
Camp Hammer is a Christian camping facility located on one hundred acres of Redwood forest in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains. Camp Hammer exists to build biblical relationships rooted in love and grown in truth. The heart of our ministry is to share the message of Jesus Christ with each guest who stays at camp through genuine service and biblical truth.
CAMP HAMMER FIRE UPDATE
We've heard from many of you who would like to volunteer with cleanup efforts at Camp Hammer! Thank you for your love of camp and desire to serve! At the moment we are finalizing a work plan that is focused on erosion control and containing debris from the burned structures. This will involve installing straw waddles, silt fences and sand bags. However, before we can perform the work we need to make sure it can be done safely--especially when it comes to our volunteers.
We will be providing updates and additional details once we have finalized the work plan. To receive these updates directly please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks again and God Bless!
Join Summer Camp to Learn About Marine Life
Camp SEA Lab is pleased to announce that we are planning to run in-person programming for Summer 2021. We are working within state and local recommendations for best practices during the COVID-19 pandemic to create a safe camp experience.
We will share details and announce registration via our mailing list and social media outlets, as well as publish our information here on the website as we finalize plans.
Day Camp For Kids!
Encourage your children to explore new areas of interest this summer while meeting new friends and creating memories that will last a lifetime! We emphasize fitness, safety, nutrition, and most of all FUN!Camp Seascape is located at Seascape Sports Club in Aptos, California adjacent to the Pacific Ocean, and runs Monday - Friday from 9 am to 4 pm, June 8 - August 14, 2020. Extended hours are available. Transportation to and from Camp may be provided, for an additional fee. Please call (831) 688-1993 for more information.
Camp Seascape will not be in session in 2020.
Welcome to Camp Unalayee, place of friends, where adventures and friendships last a lifetime at the best wilderness summer camp for kids.
Unalayee has been taking kids on outdoor adventures since 1949. Located in Northern California’s Trinity Alps, we are a non-profit, co-ed wilderness summer camp that provides meaningful outdoor experiences for children ages 10-17. Whether boating, backpacking, making crafts or learning leadership skills, campers learn how to safely enjoy a remarkably beautiful wilderness setting.
As a non-profit, Unalayee takes great pride in welcoming children from all walks of life. Unalayee provides assistance to many of its campers, allowing kids from all income levels to have a wilderness summer camp experience. Our program actively teaches campers confidence, compassion, community and conservation.
As a wilderness summer camp, Unalayee is proud to have introduced thousands of kids to backcountry living while maintaining an impeccable safety record. Kids in our summer camp programs learn about themselves as they learn to live in the wilderness. The rugged terrain of the Trinity Alps provides a challenging and dramatic backdrop for wilderness adventure.
Campus Kids Connection Camp
Campus Kids Connection, Inc. is excited to offer summer camp again this year. We offer a full day licensed program that will be held at Main Street Elementary, 3400 Main St, Soquel.
Summer camp is open to children who have completed kindergarten through completion of fifth grade. We will have three sessions throughout the summer. This year, our summer camp will include all on-site activities including sports, arts & crafts, science, games, outdoor activities, and opportunities for your child to have fun and make friends. Our camp includes 2 snacks daily (please bring lunch from home).
Children will be grouped in stable cohorts of children and staff for each session. More information and registration links are available on our website at www.campuskidsconnection.com.
Childcare Locations: Bostwick Children's Center, CKC Infant & Toddler Childcare Center, Opal Cliffs Childcare Center, SantaCruz Garden's Preschool
Caroline’s Non Profit Thrift Shop
Christy Licker opened Caroline’s Non Profit Thrift Shop in June of 2010, just three years after the death of her daughter, Caroline, who passed away at the age of 16. Her hope was to honor the life of Caroline by donating money to local nonprofits with programs/services for children and their families with the goal of easing the fundraising burden for these non profits. Caroline’s volunteers are special. At present, Caroline’s has 80 regularly scheduled volunteers, ranging in ages 10-80. Our volunteer’s commit to regularly scheduled shifts, with some even creating handmade items for Caroline’s. Caroline’s is 100% volunteer powered, which means volunteers care for the shop, on top of performing maintenance tasks like landscaping and janitorial duties.
Cartooning Classes for Kids
Specializing in cartooning classes for kids of all ages, Kiwi Studios owner Jon Hastings has taught cartooning for nearly three decades to hundreds of students in schools, museums and civic arts programs. His classes are geared to all levels of ability and skill and can be customized to individuals or groups.
Jon Hastings, professional cartoonist, writer and art teacher, teaches you and/or your kids the semi-honorable art of CARTOONING directly right at you in your own home through the magic of ZOOM!
- Profesional toon-monkey for 27 years, teacher for 30
- Has taught hundreds of students and the majority of them turned out OK!
- Owns 75 Hawaiian shirts and if you want, will wear a different one for each class.
- Has been known to tolerate children for several hours at a time.
- Classes are $50/hour and scheduling is flexible.
- Discount for multiple students.
Chartwell School, located in Seaside, educates students who are struggling in mainstream classroom settings; including those students with learning challenges like dyslexia. Chartwell considers each student’s unique needs to provide them with the academic skills, confidence, and creativity needed to meet the challenges of future educational endeavors.
Students in grades 2–8 acquire academic skills as they are taught from a research-based curriculum which emphasizes multi-sensory phonemic aware- ness. For students in grades 9-12, the college prep program delivers project- based learning and related field experiences. Students can also experience the 4-week summer program which emphasizes literacy and enrichment skills.
Chartwell School diagnostically educates students with language-related learning variations such as dyslexia, dysgraphia and auditory processing disorder. Chartwell's mission is to equip children with the academic skills, confidence, perseverance and creativity necessary to succeed in mainstream schools and in life. Our specially trained teachers work with students who are behind in certain skill areas to close those gaps while also encouraging students to develop their areas of strength. A Chartwell education includes small class size, specially-trained instructors, a carefully designed curriculum, an award-winning green campus, and all the electives, arts and sports that enrich a student's school experience. On the second Tuesday of every month, Chartwell offers an informal tour to all community members. Please our website for more information.
Cherryvale Art Farm
Art Programs in a Farm Setting
Nestled in the Soquel hills, we offer expert art instruction in a gorgeous rural setting. By placing the artists in the unique farm habitat Cherryvale Art Farm participants are able to explore the garden and farm animals through creative art, crafts and cooking experiences. The hands on instruction will include handling and caring for our animals (who are also some of our models), harvesting and cooking from the garden and art projects that integrate the experience through open ended projects.
Cynthia Anderson, Director,
"Believes that Children begin life with unlimited innate creativity. She trains them to see with an artist's eye and provides them with the tools and skills to translate their visions into finished pieces of artwork."