Make the most of your summer! When your loved one with an intellectual or other developmental disability takes part in summer programming from The Arc of East Central Iowa, they’ll enjoy fun recreational activities in a supportive, nurturing environment. The program also gives you a chance, as a caregiver, to recharge or take care of other responsibilities during the day. 

Program Activities

Feel peace of mind the safety and well-being of your loved one are the primary focus of our trained staff. During the day, your loved one can make friends, socialize with peers in their age group, and build daily living skills on-site and on supervised trips into the community.

Beginnings Program: Up to Age 5

The Arc offers a summer respite program for individuals with intellectual or other developmental disabilities up to age 5.

  • Dates: June 1, 2020 through August 14, 2020
  • Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Location: 1st Floor of The Arc Building – Downtown Cedar Rapids

How to Register

For more information, contact Emily Pennington at 319-365-0487 ext. 1016 or epennington@arceci.org.

Summer Day: Ages 5 to 21

Child and adult swimming in a pool.

Your loved one between the ages of 5 and 21 can take part in Summer Day, a multi-week program held in Linn and Jones counties.

Your child’s daily activities may include:

  • Educational exercises to build safety, reading, cooking, and daily living skills
  • Social and leisure activities like swimming, games, crafts, and music

Linn County Summer Day

Linn County Summer Day is licensed by the Department of Human Services (DHS). It has a staff-to-participant ratio of one to three or less.

  • Dates: June 9, 2020 through July 30, 2020
  • Hours: Monday through Friday – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Location: Washington High School in Cedar Rapids

How to Register

Registration is open between March 1 through May 15 or until enrollment fills, whichever comes first. For more information, contact Tara Cornelius at 319-365-0487 ext. 1044 or tcornelius@arceci.org.

Download the Linn County Summer Day Registration Packet [PDF].

Jones County Summer Day

Dates:

  • 1st session: June 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020
  • 2nd session: July 1, 2020 through July 26, 2020

Hours: Monday through Friday – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Location:

  • 1st session: TBA
  • 2nd session: TBA

How to Register

Registration is open April 1 to May 15. To learn more, contact Emily Pennington at 319-365-0487 ext. 1016 or epennington@arceci.org.

Paying for Summer Programs

Depend on The Arc for different options to pay for summer programming. Choose from:

  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waivers – Respite and Intermediate Medical Monitoring Treatment (IMMT – Linn County Summer Day only)
  • United Way Respite
  • Private Payments (including, but not limited to: Severe Emotional Disorder (SED) Wraparound and Children at Home (CAH) Funding)

Contact Us

Contact Tara Cornelius at 319-365-0487 ext. 1044 to learn more about summer programs.

Click here to download a Summer Programs flyer.