How Downtown Day Camp is Different From NYC's K-5th Grade Summer Rising Program


Our Downtown Day Camp takes place in our 30,000 square foot Downtown Community Center, and includes daily swim lessons in our private pool, daily outdoor field sports on the Battery Park City ball fields, Pier 25 mini-golf and beach volleyball, arts and crafts, music, animal education and special events, all led by our amazing team of experienced staff and administrators.

Manhattan Youth is mistakenly listed on DOE/DYCD's websites as scheduled to operate a K-5th Grade Summer Rising Program for the City. However, DOE/DYCD has not actually asked us to operate a K-5th grade program for them, and we are not planning to do so. Parents are asking how our Downtown Day Camp, now in it's 29th season, differs from the DOE/DYCD Summer Rising Program. Some of the main differences include DOE/DYCD's focus on academics, as well as their all day 8:00am - 6:00pm, five days per week, full summer attendance requirements, which are outlined below.  The DOE/DYCD Summer Rising program takes place in various public school buildings, and will not have access to our Community Center, Pool, or other resources.


According to the DOE/DYCD Website: 

  • Students attending the K-5th Grade Summer Rising Program must attend a full summer, July 6th - August 20th
  • Students must attend all day, 8:00am -6:00pm, Monday through Friday. There are no partial or half days offered.
  • All IEP students will start earlier, on July 2nd.


 If you have any questions, please email me at, or 212-766-1104, then press 6. To access Summer Rising information, please visit their website here.




Gabi Ajami

Director of Downtown Day Camp



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