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Youth Enrichment

Red Hawk Labs: Summer Literacy Enrichment and the epiSTEMic Programs

Nationally recognized for elementary education, Montclair State University’s faculty in the Department of Teaching & Learning (TLRN) has created The Summer Literacy Enrichment Program and The epiSTEMic Program designed for teaching and learning with the child and teacher in mind.

Summer 2023 Dates:

  • Week 1- Wed-Fri, 7/5 – 7/7
  • Week 2- Mon-Fri, 7/10 -7/14
  • Week 3- Mon-Thurs, 7/17 – 7/20
  • Week 4- Mon-Thurs, 7/24 – 7/27

Summer Literacy Enrichment Program Hours: 8:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Enrollment fee: $1,250 

The Summer Literacy Program of the Department of Teaching & Learning for children from grades 1-12, provides individualized diagnostic and literacy enrichment services for students who are experiencing difficulties in reading and language arts skills or are seeking to enhance their general literacy skills. The program ensures that reading and writing remain fun and meaningful with the perfect balance of instructional support to keep children engaged in literacy experiences throughout the summer months, in preparation for the new school year.

The program is staffed by classroom teachers and Reading Specialists who are in the final stages of completing the requirements for their Master’s degrees and/or state of New Jersey Reading Certification, most of whom have taught an average of five years. Instruction is done under the supervision of faculty from Montclair State University’s Graduate Program in Reading.

The Summer Literacy Program is offered during the month of July and is a partner with the EpiSTEMic Camp. The Literacy Camp is offered from 8:45 a.m. – 1 p.m., followed by EpiSTEMic from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Extended day till 5:30 p.m. can be arranged for a fee.

Features of the program include:

  • Literacy interest interview with parent/guardian
  • Individualized instruction
  • Informal and Formal Assessment
  • End of program portfolio share and conference
  • Written report of student progress
  • Nutritious lunch buffet

The epiSTEMic Summer Program Hours: 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Enrollment fee: $1,250 

Faculty in the Department of Teaching & Learning (TLRN) developed the program to prepare future STEM-ists and STEM teacher leaders. This inclusive program provides children in grades K-8 with diverse learning strengths to engage in hands-on, inquiry-based, interdisciplinary STEM activities for enrichment and core competencies development. Students partner with pre-service graduate certification students as they participate in one-on-one and small group STEM activities. Graduate students apply their knowledge of inquiry-based STEM pedagogy to develop lessons and assessments for their young partners. University faculty and mentor teachers facilitate the program for teaching and learning with the learner in mind. Faculty are currently researching this model of field experiences to strengthen and innovate the teacher certification programming to bridge theory with practice.

2023 RATES

$1,250 per program until May 15, 2023
$2,000 if enroll in both programs until May 15, 2023
After May 15,2023 the price to increases to the following:
$1,500 per program
$2,500 if enroll in both programs
2023 Summer Program Flyer

To Register

  • Step 1: Register
  • Step 2: Complete the required enrollment form
  • Step 3: Your child’s enrollment is complete once we receive your payment and completed registration form. An email will be sent as confirmation that all requisite parts for enrollment are complete.

*Please call 973-655-5407 or email for further details.