Department of Human Services Offers Summer Camp Subsidies

The Office of Childcare and Regulatory Services has funds available to defray the cost associated with the fees for summer camp, according to a press release issued by the Virgin Islands Department of Human Services (DHS).  

“We remain supportive of families and parents in our determination that children’s summer experiences are as worthy as that in school.  We advocate for structured and safe summer camps that offer a variety of activities to include tutorial and literacy, sporting, personal and group development, vocational skills and cultural engagement,” said Commissioner Designee Felecia Blyden.

Every summer, DHS offers subsidies to parents who meet the eligibility criteria to participate in the program.  Applicants must be working at least 30 hours weekly, enrolled in school or a training program.  The children must be between three and twelve years old, or special needs children until 18 years old.

Applications will be available for summer camp assistance at the DHS Subsidy, Resource and Referral Program from 8 a.m. until the slots are filled on Monday, June 5, on St. Croix and St. Thomas. 

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Interested St. John residents can fill out applications from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7, at the DHS’ Multipurpose Center.

For further information, contact the program on St. Croix at 773-2323 ext. 2115 or 2138/ on St. Thomas at 774-0930 ext. 4138 or 4189.

Also, DHS invites all individuals interested in foster care to visit the Division of Children and Families in Anna’s Hope (St. Croix) or call 773-5303; visit the Knud Hansen Complex (St. Thomas) or call 774-0930.   

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