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Quality Standards Webinars Released

The California Afterschool Network produced five short webinars around the Quality Standards for Expanded Learning in California. These webinars are intended to give Program Directors, Site Coordinators, front line staff, and the field at large, a better understanding of the Quality Standards, Standards in Action and the Crosswalk, and how these items can be utilized in a process of Continuous Quality Improvement.

SM Superheroes Revealed!

Summer Matters is excited to celebrate our three Summer Superheroes. These superintendents from districts across the state are champions of summer learning. Today, we unveil their secret identities and talk a little about the amazing work they have done in their districts to bridge the opportunity gap, and give all students access to high quality summer learning.

The Cost of Summer

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.

Does your district stand up for summer?

A growing movement of educators across California have signed on as champions of high-quality and engaging summer learning. Will you?
Stand with dozens of educators from across California in calling on superintendents, school board leaders, principals, policy makers, business leaders, child advocates, parents and students to join the growing Summer Matters movement to ensure every child has access to summer learning opportunities that support year-round learning and well-being.

Quick CASP Crosswalk

This brief describes how well the Quick CASP addresses each of the Quality Standards, using an approach similar to A Crosswalk Between the Quality Standards for Expanded Learning and Program Quality Assessment Tools.

Summer Matters – How Summer Learning Strengthens Students’ Success

This study describes how summer learning programs that provide high quality, engaging enrichment activities are a promising solution to this challenge and can help to narrow our unacceptable achievement gap.

Six Elements of Great Summer Learning

Summer Matters draws on its experience with summer learning programs throughout California to provide a straightforward checklist for parents. The checklist identifies the six key elements of an effective summer learning program and what they mean in practice.

Free Program Staff Conference Announced

This FREE conference will give you the opportunity to redefine summer with activities that are meaningful, support mastery and expand horizons. The goal of the conference is to provide tools and resources empowering you to deliver the highest quality program possible.

Investing in Summer Learning: Stories from the Field

In select communities throughout California, districts are taking a proactive approach to address summer learning loss by using the funds provided by the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Unlike traditional summer school, these summer learning programs combine much-needed academic content with fun, engaging activities.