DISCOVER SUMMER

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DISCOVER THE AWESOME POWER OF SUMMER

Parents, teachers, friends, and neighbors – summer is not a time for children to stop learning. In fact, it's the perfect time for young people to broaden their minds and reignite their love of learning. It's a time where youth can pick up a new book or hobby, or explore the joys of the outdoors, coding, or robotics. For older youth, it's a time to sharpen skills to prepare for the jobs of today, and tomorrow. It's time to discover the awesome power of summer.

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SUMMER IMPACT

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At least 5 -6 weeks of attendance by elementary school students in voluntary summer programs improve their math and reading skills. 1

94%

of parents agree reading over the summer can help their child duringthe school year. 2

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In a national survey of school districts, summer learning was identified as the top strategy for helping students recover academically from the pandemic's impacts. 3

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85%

of parents were somewhat/extremely satisfied with their children’s summer experiences. 4

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86%

of afterschool and summer programs give young people the time to interact with their peers and build social skills 5

81%

of afterschool and summer programs provide opportunities for childrento be active and away from screens 5

80%

of afterschool and summer programs create the space to talk with their peers or staff members about how they are feeling. 5

COVID-19's Impact on Summer Learning Loss

All children lose some academic skills during summer, yet children of color living in under-resourced communities face greater summer learning loss, setting them back in school, and in life. The pandemic has exasperated the situation, not only affecting children's academics, but also their food security, wellness, and mental health.

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47%

of parents of school-age children are unaware of “summer slide” 2

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4

Months behind
in Math 6

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3

Months behind
in Reading 6

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2x

Food insecurity doubled, from 14% to 28%, with communities of color
most affected. 7

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66%

of parents aged 9 to 13 perceived their children to be exercising less during early-COVID period. 8

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2.5M

Additional children fell behind the poverty line from May to Oct. 2020. 7

QUALITY MATTERS

The National Summer Learning Association offers these recommendations for identifying a high-quality summer program for your child.

SAFE

Safe and secure program space with first aid kits, supervision, and safety measures in place for emergencies

Program staff model mutually respectful behavior between their peers and students

Program offers nutritious meals, outdoor time, and physical activity to fuel growing bodies and minds

MINDFUL

Consistent schedules and positive reinforcement of appropriate behavior

Social and emotional skill development through a variety of team projects, games, and group instruction

Vibrant and dynamic environments to support different modes of learning

INCLUSIVE

Opportunities to work in teams, engage in informal play, and experiment with new ideas

Community-building rituals, including greetings, cheers, awards, and activities that build spirit and a sense of belonging for every child

Celebrations of and exposure to diverse cultures, ideas, and communities

LEARNING

Clear learning objectives

Age-appropriate and adaptable curricula and learning materials

A maximum of 15 students per 1 adult during instruction

ENGAGED

Opportunities for students to grow confident in making decisions and using their voices

Events, field trips, service projects, and guest speakers offered to connect with families and community members

Respectful and regular communications with parents, feedback requests, volunteer roles, and student progress

Look for positive cues when deciding on a summer program experience for your child.

4 Steps to Choosing the Right Summer Program for your Child

1. Meet Your Child’s
Specific Needs

Nobody knows your child better than you, the parent. Seek programs that match your child’s interests, and areas of need.

2. Seek Holistic
Summer Programs

Whenever possible, enroll in programs that offer a range of engaging activities, including academics to prepare your child. for a successful school year.

3. Select Evidence-
Based Programs

Seek high-quality programs for maximum impact.Inquire about the program’s evidence in boosting children’s academic or social-emotional skills.

4. Do Your Research!

Read reviews and program materials, conduct a site visit, ask lots of questions. Conducting some research beforehand will help ensure that you are choosing the right program.

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Seeking Summer Learning Ideas?

Summer is an excellent time for parents to get engaged and more hands-on in their child’s learning in fun ways. Click on the button below to learn ways you can spread the love of summer learning.

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