Del Mar school district’s Children’s Creative Workshop replaced with summer enrichment program

By Karen Billing

Del Mar Union School District has opted to change its summer offerings. The district will no longer have the Children’s Creative Workshop, instead offering its enrichment program in the summer, provided by vendors that the district already has.

The summer enrichment programs offered in July will be popular programs, such as Spanish, Chinese, fencing and creative clay that are already offered throughout the school year by the after-school program. Another popular CCW program that is being re-imagined is the kindergarten readiness program. It will now be called SKIP Into School, offered in July and taught by credentialed teachers.

“We are really keeping many of the same instructors as CCW, we’re just augmenting it and adding so much more to it,” said Julie Geisbauer, director of early childhood/after- school programs.

Geisbauer said they re-evaluated the needs of the kids and learned parents wanted more academics in the district’s summer programming. She said CCW was more popular in its earlier years because there wasn’t as many offerings when it first started; parents used to have to rush to register because there were no alternatives in the summer — now there are. Where parents still rush to register is with the district’s after-school enrichment classes and Geisbauer hopes their success will continue if offered in the summer months.

The summer enrichment program will run July 8 through Aug. 2 with DMUSD’s contracted vendors offering foreign language, music, science, engineering, fine arts, chess, writing, web design and physical fitness.

SKIP will also run July 8 through Aug. 2.

There will also be other additional summer offerings such as the district’s summer camp from June 17 through Aug. 15, led by the district’s after-school program childcare staff.

Kinder Kamp will run June 24 through Aug. 9 and will be a full-day program for students entering kindergarten in the fall. Child Development Center Summer Camp will run June 24 through Aug. 9 for children ages 2 to 5 years.