Since 1976, Merced College has offered the College for Kids Program during the summer as part of our commitment to education and enrichment for the youth of our community. We are excited to be offering a few new classes and several of your favorites! We have been working diligently to make the 2023 College for Kids Program a new adventure for our community.

We hope we can count on your support this summer to help make our longstanding program a fun and safe experience for all!

Important Information

Registration for summer 2024 will begin in April 2024

Please refer to class descriptions for pricing information.

The first session begins June 3, 2024

Summer Hours: 7:30am – 5:00pm, Monday-Thursday, Closed on Fridays

Summer Location: Merced Campus, Student Union, Room 137

Contact us: (209) 384-6224 or

Free College for Kids!

Receive free College for Kids classes for your child(ren) when you enroll in a summer class with a minimum of 3 units. Space is limited and is assigned on a first come, first served basis.

Our Classes

  • Aquatics

    The aquatics program includes diving and swim classes starting from parent and me all the way up through intermediate swim classes.

  • Communication & Language Arts

    Kids will have fun learning the basics of sign language and/or French.

  • Cooking

    Learn how to make cocoa bombs and other chocolatey delights.

  • Creative & Fine Arts

    Learn to build and play a ukulele!

  • History

  • Math & Science

  • Sports Camps

    College for Kids offers two week camps for baseball, soccer, volleyball, basketball, tennis and more!

How to Register

  1. Register online anytime, from anywhere! Easy and secure (Visa/Mastercard only)*
  2. Call (209) 384-6224 using Debit/Credit (Visa/Mastercard only)*
    Monday thru Thursday, 8:00am – 5:00pm
  3. Visit the Business Resource Center at 630 W. 19th Street in Merced (M St./19th St.)
    Monday-Thursday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm to register using Debit/Credit (Visa/Mastercard only) or exact cash*
    *We no longer accept personal checks

Class Refund Policy

All College for Kids class registrations are final and no refunds will be awarded unless a class is cancelled by Merced College.
Extenuating circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis by staff. College for Kids reserves the right to change a student’s schedule if he/she has been enrolled in a class that is not consistent with the student’s appropriate age/grade level.

Community Education realizes that extenuating circumstances do arise. However, Community Education does not receive any state or federal funding in order to operate. We are a fee-supported entity of the college. Your enrollment fees pay for the cost of the program and the office support. In many cases we are unable to recoup the costs incurred if you drop a class after the drop date. In regard to this, we have established the following policies:

  • If you need to cancel an enrollment, please contact our office at least 7 days prior to the start date. Once an offering begins, fees become nonrefundable.
  • Cash payments will be refunded by check and will arrive via mail.
  • Credit card payments will be refunded as a credit back to the same card that was used.
  • Refunds take approximately 4-6 weeks to process.

Frequently Asked Questions

We provide safe activities for summer fun and learning. We have classes and camps to accommodate most ages. Our classes are designed to stimulate curiosity, reinforce basic skills, help kids discover new subjects and, most of all, help your child have a fun summer! Classes are held at various times during the day, Monday-Thursday.

Most College for Kids classes will be held on the main college campus. The exception would be the golf camp, which will be held in Atwater at Rancho Del Rey Golf Club.

Enrichment classes are available to students going into 2nd grade thru 8th grade. Ages for aquatics programs and sport camps vary. Exact ages/grade levels can be found on the “Class Descriptions” section, pages 9 & 10 of this booklet.

The registration covers all class/camp enrollment fees and supplies unless otherwise specified. It does not cover the cost of snacks, meals, or other related expenses.

If your child has a temperature or is complaining of an upset stomach, earache, severe cold, undetermined rash or other symptoms of illness, he/she will be escorted to our office and you will be contacted to pick up your child.

There is no designated drop-off or pick-up area. Parent/guardian must arrange a drop-off and pick-up location with their child. You may drop off up to 15 minutes prior and must pick up no later than 15 minutes after their last class of the day. Please note there is no supervision between classes or at lunch time. Students must know where to go after class to be picked up. Instructors are unable to wait with students after class. Please be on time to pick up your child. Should there be any changes to your child’s schedule, or any absences, please call Community Education staff at (209) 384-6224. Office staff will make a note on the instructor roster.

During the College for Kids program, if your child is under the age of 10, they may be escorted from class to class and during lunch, per your written request (escort forms are available upon request).

We ask that you do not go into the classroom while class is in session so the instructor and students are not disrupted. Our instructors and staff have passed clearance to work with children to ensure their safety. Many classes have either projects to take home or presentations that will be given on the last day. Parents will be invited to attend presentations.

Parking passes will be available for parents/guardians of all students. You will be given a parking pass once a Youth Participant Waiver is turned in to  Community Education staff