Cash-strapped families struggle to keep kids learning through summer
It’s 8 a.m., and Diane Parrish is frantically hustling to get her husband and three kids out the door of their Germantown home. A news anchor’s voice blares from a television in the corner of the kitchen as 14-year-old twin boys Fountain and Jamar and daughter Mariah, 8, devour their cereal and orange juice.
Even though it’s summer, Parrish, a stay-at-home mom, is in a hurry to drop her kids off down the street at DePaul Catholic School, where they’re enrolled in a summer literacy program facilitated by the Springboard Collaborative, a Philadelphia organization that strives to provide high-quality summer learning opportunities to low-income families.
It’s draining for Parrish and her husband, Gerald, to engage their kids intellectually over the summer, financially and schedule-wise.
“I have children with multiple problems — physical problems — so we’re constantly running between doctors’ appointments trying to get things done during the day,” said Parrish. “It’s not easy. The day is pretty hectic.”
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