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Portland, Oregon, April 02, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Physical activity, social interaction, exploration of nature and hands-on learning were ranked as top priorities for parents enrolling children in summer camps, according to a study released today by Saturday Academy, Portland’s leading science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education nonprofit organization. The study also found three quarters of parents indicated they are very interested in their child attending a class or summer camp that offers hands-on learning. The survey of 497 parents in the Portland-metro area was conducted in September 2018 in collaboration with Regina Corso Consulting, a market research and insights firm.
“Parents often patch together their children’s summer experiences and ensuring they have a fun and well-rounded experience is a priority,” said Jeri Janowsky, Ph.D., executive director of Saturday Academy. “In conducting the survey, we sought to learn more about what local families value most when choosing extracurricular opportunities for their kids.”
The study also showed, when asked what types of classes or camps in which their children would be interested in participating, over one-quarter of respondents said science programs (27 percent), followed by the arts (19 percent), engineering (11 percent), and sports (10 percent).
Barriers to registration included affordability, with 39 percent of parents reporting summer camps are not affordable options for their families, while one-third said proximity to home or school is inconvenient (33 percent), or the class/camp schedules do not coordinate with work schedules (33 percent).
“Findings from our survey underscore parents’ desire to have their children physically active during the summer months. They also want them engaged in deep, hands-on learning opportunities, and summer provides the opportunity to do so while exploring the outdoors in our lovely summers,” Janowsky said. “Parents want their kids to have the opportunity to delve into subjects that supplement learning during the school year and keep kids’ curiosity piqued during the summer months.”
Additional Key Findings from the Survey:
Saturday Academy is leveraging the results of the survey to enhance its curriculum to best meet the needs of Portland-area parents. The full Saturday Academy catalog can be viewed here. Financial aid is available.
Saturday Academy’s Top Five Tips for Selecting Summer Camp Options
To view and download the results of the Saturday Academy Parent Survey, visit https://bit.ly/2HYgN5d.
ABOUT SATURDAY ACADEMY:
Saturday Academy is Portland, Oregon’s leading nonprofit organization providing hands-on learning experiences through classes, camps and internships for children in grades 2-12 in the areas of science, technology, engineering, math (STEM). Serving over 6,000 students annually, Saturday Academy’s programs are designed to spark curiosity and cultivate an intrinsic, sustained love of learning. Founded in 1983, Saturday Academy has provided instruction to more than 185,000 students throughout Oregon and SW Washington. Saturday Academy is driven by a commitment to engage all children, connecting them with expert instructors and mentors in authentic, professional settings. Financial aid is available. To learn more, visit saturdayacademy.org.
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