Who We Are
SummerStars was developed to provide a safe, purposeful, and personal environment for children with disabilities. The purpose of the environment is to provide stimulating activities, create opportunities to connect socially and build friendships, and just have fun!
SummerStars seeks to achieve academic, cognitive, developmental, behavioral, communicative, social, and personal growth for the students enrolled.
How is success measured?
SummerStars does not formally assess students at this time. We seek to continue academic and cognitive growth by referencing the student IEP developed in the public school system or other institutions. We take our time to observe each student carefully to see where he/she is functioning and set up a routine specific for him/her. We realize the need for specific routines so students can grow effectively. Sometimes the growth is obvious; other times it is subtle but always recognized when it occurs. SummerStars is adamant about schedules and a reward system. Reward systems are posted in advance for students so they can work toward a goal or end result each day. Parent input is vital to help us develop a routine and reward system for each child.
SummerStars is specifically designed for and staffed to accommodate children with disabilities. We recognize the need for children with disabilities to have opportunities for the summer months. Students are categorized by age and ability level. Each student is categorized based on the IEP document, parent input, and the director’s discretion.
In conclusion, we believe we all need each other. We are adamant about providing an inclusive environment that promotes growth in our students. This program has been developed to teach and encourage our students, volunteers, and peer buddies how to be a friend who includes others on a daily basis in the SummerStars programming.
We love field trips! We will ensure that your child gets opportunities to go into the community during SummerStars. Past field trips have included: going to the pool, bowling, and Ripley’s Aquarium.
Is this a faith-based organization?
SummerStars is strongly supported by financial giving and facility use from West Park Baptist Church. We are a shared space so faith-based material is displayed on walls. SummerStars does not currently teach any Bible classes; however, the program is open and available on Sunday as the STAR class for faith-based, biblical training. The STAR class meets at 9:30 and 11:00 Sunday mornings (year-round) and from 6:00-7:30 Wednesday evenings (during the school year). There is no cost for Sunday and Wednesday evening programming.
Who is eligible?
Children age 3-21 years who have an intellectual or developmental disability and/or autism are eligible for SummerStars as long as there is an absence of any extreme behaviors, such as significant acts of violence toward self and others.
For more information, contact SummerStars.