Evaluating Summer Programming Options

Big Thought and Dallas City of Learning program partners are carefully evaluating the latest information regarding summer camp programs in response to statements released by Governor Abbott’s Open Texas plan.

The health and safety of our families, their children, our staff, and our partners are paramount. We are reviewing recommendations from public health and government officials at multiple levels to make decisions regarding any possible in-person camp programs this summer.

We are also listening to our families. Through the Dallas City of Learning network, Big Thought partnered with United Way of Metropolitan DallasDallas Park and RecreationThe Budd Center at SMUDallas Afterschool, the Center on Research and Evaluation at SMUDallas Public Library and State Fair of Texas to issue a citywide survey to parents and caregivers about summer needs for their children. The response has been robust and we will be sharing this information with the public on Wednesday, May 27 during a virtual Town Hall for organizations that provide programs for youth.

With this important feedback directly from families combined with the recommendations of public health and government officials, Big Thought, along with program partners, will be able to make the most informed decisions that prioritize the safety of all involved as well as the the learning and development of youth and children in Dallas.

Families can expect our next update in early June. Please check the Dallas City of Learning and Big Thought websites for updates. 

Minimum standard health protocols for youth camp families and other Open Texas information and guidelines can be found on the Open Texas website at: https://gov.texas.gov/organization/opentexas 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to provide the best creative learning opportunities in a safe way for students, family and staff.