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Summer Youth Programs

We are offering in person and at home options this summer. Check out our In Person Summer Youth Programs & Summer in a Bag! Scholarships are available and information is below.

In Person Summer Youth Programs

SYP Douglass: Held at Booker T Washington SchoolSYP at LeonhardSYP at Springer

Summer in a Bag!

We have put together fun, interactive virtual programs for kids ages 3-11! Click the buttons below for information on our two different Summer in a Bag/Virtual Programs for the summer.

Summer Youth Programs in a Bag Click HereSummer Preschool Programs in a Bag: Click to Register




COVID-19 Guidelines


Each Summer Youth Program has their own specific set of Facility Rules & Guidelines during Phase 3 of the Shelter-in-Place Order. Please check the program page for more details on SYP.

All Participant & Staff Requirements:

  • Masks will be required
  • Staff will maintain sanitation schedule & encourage participants to wash hands/use hand sanitizer if needed to provide a safe, fun environment
  • Participants will maintain 6 feet distance
      • Staff/Facilities have plans in place to help assist children with this requirement.


    Scholarship Information

    CommUnity Matters Scholarship

    If families live in the Beardsley, Douglass, garden hills or Bristol area, they may be eligible for free Summer Youth Programs at Douglass and Springer.  Families will be required to complete CommUnity Matters paper work for each child. Please contact 217.398.2573 or email Katherine.hicks@champaignparks.org

    Jimmy John’s Youth Scholarship

    For families not living in the designated areas listed above, scholarships will be provided to offset the cost.  All scholarship documents and information need to be sent to Tom Gilbert at tom.gilbert@champaignparks.org.  After the scholarship is approved, you may register for the summer youth programs..

    CPD & CUSR Scholarship Forms will be used by any applicant who wants financial help with programs occurring between May 1, 2020 through April 30, 2021.  Page 3 is for each child requesting assistance, so print multiple copies if needed:  

    If a participant would like to apply for more programs than space allowed on the form, please use the following form for additional program(s):

    Child Care Resource Services (CCRS)

    Child Care Resource Service helps income-eligible parents who are working and/or going to school to pay for their child care. Eligibility is based on family size and parents’ income. Working families whose incomes are at or below 50% of the state median income level may be eligible. Processing the application can take up to 10 business days, once all the necessary information is received. Please pick up an application form from CCRS. CCRS approved families may register for summer youth programs by paying a $10 deposit per child/per session of the program. These deposits may be refunded at the end of the summer once all CCRS checks are received and there is a credit balance. If money is still owed on your account once CCRS checks have been applied, you will be responsible for the rest of the bill. Because the Park District does not receive payment from CCRS until one month after the service was provided, your deposit could be refunded as late as October.

    Please Note: Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation is unable to accept CCRS payment due to changes in governmental regulations.

    Questions: Child Care Resource Service (http://ccrs.illinois.edu/), 217-333-3252 or 1-800-325-5516


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