While middle and upper-income children are able to keep learning each summer by visiting museums and camps or going on family vacations, children from low-income families are falling behind. High-quality summer learning programs are a cost-effective way to prevent summer learning loss and close both the opportunity and achievement gaps.
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Daren Howard provides direct support to after school and summer programs across California through advocacy, training, coaching, and consulting.
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Summer can be a costly time for low-income families. According to Jennifer Peck, Executive Director of the Partnership for Children and Youth, “While middle-income children retain knowledge or, in many cases, make gains over the summer, low-income children fall behind.” Summer learning programs are a cost effective way to prevent summer learning loss and close the opportunity gap. In order to better understand the cost of such investments, Summer Matters conducted a small survey of partner organizations offering high quality summer learning opportunities in California.
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Technical Assistance (TA) is a primary resource for after school and summer staff for both professional development and program enhancement. In order to utilize resources effectively, ASAPConnect conducted a research review and consulted with field leaders to identify the following key guiding principles for effective TA delivery.
Educators often ask why we recommend that summer learning programs last at least one month. This suggestion is one of the six signs of a great summer learning program and is featured in our latest video, Summer Learning – An Inspiring Alternative to Summer School. Here are five reasons why duration matters:
Summer Matters spoke with a representative from School on Wheels about their summer program. School on Wheels was founded in 1993 by a retired school teacher who saw first hand how homelessness affects children’s learning. The following is an excerpt from that interview.
The Urban Libraries Council (ULC) recently released a new report, Public Libraries and Effective Summer Learning: Opportunities for Assessment and executive summary. The new report documents ideas exchanged by leaders from both inside and outside the library field at the National Forum on Effective Summer Learning in Libraries.
Summer doesn’t have to mean learning loss. It can be a time of powerful learning for children if we ensure that there are many learning activities to engage them in. With or without a formal school based summer learning program or summer camp, the ideas below are simple yet important experiences that can lead to a love of learning and a growing vocabulary, both crucial for academic success.
Why does Summer Matter to you? Post a video explaining why summer matters to you and use the hashtag #WhySummerMatters. We’ll be sharing videos we receive from kids, programs, and families, and highlighting great summer learning opportunities throughout the state.
There are so many innovative summer learning programs across California. We would love to feature your program on our website. If you a leader of a summer learning program, please provide us with some information about your program so that we can tell our readers about the amazing things happening in your city.