More than 2,000 Children Are Expected to Participate

New Brunswick, NJ, June 26, 2013 – The City of New Brunswick will once again conduct its PLAY S.A.F.E. summer program for children ages 6 to 12.  PLAY S.A.F.E. (Summer Activities For Everyone) is a comprehensive summer program that provides New Brunswick children with a variety of activities and programs such as swimming, soccer, music, dance, video, reading, games and trips in addition to academic preparation.

The PLAY S.A.F.E. program runs from July 1 to August 9 at various locations throughout the City with a free lunch that is provided to all the children in the program.

“The theme for this year’s PLAY S.A.F.E. is Children Come First, which reflects New Brunswick’s commitment to our children,” said Mayor Jim Cahill.  “It is always an exciting part of this initiative to see children enjoying themselves in various activities, cooperative and fun play while also learning how to think and act creatively through the programs offered by PLAY S.A.F.E.,” the Mayor added.

City locations for the PLAY S.A.F.E. summer program include Alec Baker Park, Roosevelt School, Lord Stirling School, Joyce Kilmer Park, Pine Street/Recreation Park, McKinley Community School, Livingston School, Paul Robeson School, Buccleuch Park, Hub Teen Center/Redshaw School, Murphy Park/Woodrow Wilson School, and Memorial Stadium/Middle School.

 Additionally, daily lunches are also provided to other programs in the City including HUB Teen Center, New Brunswick Recreation Camps, Catholic Charities Summer Programs, Civic League of Greater New Brunswick, Youth Empowerment Services, AMAR Project of PRAB and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and Faith-Hope Baptist Church Vacation Bible School, along with several local churches such as First Baptist Church of New Brunswick, First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens and the Greater Brunswick Charter School.

Some of the specialty programs that have been developed to strengthen academic preparation of the children and provide cultural development include:

  • A reading program staffed by certified teachers
  • Arts and crafts staffed by specialists in crafts for children
  • Dance Camp and classes taught by professional dance instructors
  • A music and drama program in conjunction with the dance program
  • Video/Media program
  • Environmental and nature programs
  • Alcohol and drug prevention programs
  • Nutrition and exercise program
  • A swim program at Middlesex County College and at an outdoor swim club

The program also includes trips to State Parks and Sandy Hook National Recreation Area, Liberty Science Center, Newark Museum, Museum of Natural History and other cultural attractions.  The children will also have daily access to creative and cooperative games, crafts, playground games and board games.

The staff of the PLAY S.A.F.E. program includes certified teachers and staff from New Brunswick Public Schools and other schools, college students, New Brunswick parents, work/study students from Rutgers, and New Brunswick teenagers who have completed the Summer Teen Employment Preparation Program.

For more information on the PLAY S.A.F.E. program call 732-745-5300, ext. 5488 or email

The New Brunswick Youth Services System will be participating in the 2013 Summer Food Service Program from July 1, 2013 to August 9, 2013.

The Summer Food Service Program is a federal program of the Food and Nutrition Services, United States Department of Agriculture.  This program provides all children 18 years of age and under with the same free meal in accordance with a menu approved by the state agency regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age.  Any person who believes they have been discriminated against in any USDA related activity should write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-3410 or call (800) 632-9992 (voice).  TDD users can contact USDA through local relay or federal relay at (800) 877-8339 (TDD) or (866) 377-8642 (relay voice users).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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