Parents may be motivated to register their child in a summer learning program, but it's the details that drive the decision: How many weeks does the program run? What are the hours of operation each day? What is the cost? Is there convenient transportation? Who is supervising and teaching the children?
Parents specifically mentioned these potential barriers to having their child take part: transportation, hours of operation, cost, location and proximity to home, and the perceived safety of the site.
Parents routinely mentioned the importance of giving their child a say in their summer activity planning; before they would register their child for a summer learning program they need to be convinced that he or she would like it.