How Summer Matters is Changing the Course of Expanded Learning in California.

February 14, 2017

The Packard Foundation has released a narrative report and infographic that detail the impact the Summer Matters campaign is having in California. The report clearly outlines the opportunity gap, and how high quality summer learning programs can bridge that gap. Read the full narrative at the Packard Foundation website, and download the infographic from the link on this page.

By the time a low-income child enters fifth grade, he or she can be up to three grade levels behind other classmates in reading and math. One key contributor to this gap is the absence of learning opportunities during summer months, which results in learning loss.

To combat this loss, the Summer Matters campaign—a coalition of educators, policymakers, and families—with support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, began to support high quality summer learning programs throughout California. The campaign also educates stakeholders about the importance of summer learning opportunities to address the local needs of children and youth. The infographic provides an overview of the Summer Matters campaign and the course of expanded learning in California.

After seven years of intense focus, awareness of the importance of high-quality summer learning is growing. California school districts, partner organizations, and state policymakers report a better understanding of the importance of summer experiences and an enhanced focus on quality in summer programs. Today more flexible funding exists for districts to operate summer programs and training and technical assistance is available to help make those programs great. A robust network is emerging to continue to bring school leaders, program providers, technical assistance providers, and advocates together to improve the availability of summer learning across the state. Most importantly, more students now have access to quality summer learning experiences.

Similar Resources

  • Diving Into Summer Learning ProgramsDecember 11, 2017 - 11:49 pm

    Summer learning programs are distinctively different from traditional summer school programs. For Nazaneen Khalilnaji-Otto, the Summer Matters campaign director at the Partnership for Children and Youth, one word sums up the difference between the summer learning model and summer school: “fun.” Summer learning takes on a “camp-like culture,” and these programs are generally open to all students, rather than only students seeking remedial or advanced coursework.

  • Last Chance to Nominate a Summer SuperheroSeptember 20, 2017 - 9:21 pm

    Do you know a Superintendent who has demonstrated extraordinary support for summer learning programs during the time between September 2016-September 2017? Can you help us find and celebrate this superhero? Summer Matters is looking for nominations for our Superhero award, given each year to California Superintendents who make summer learning matter in their districts.

  • 2017 Summer Matters Road Trip Media CoverageAugust 25, 2017 - 10:31 pm

    The Summer Matters Road Trip was huge this year! We traveled to programs in 15 different cities, spreading the word about the importance of summer learning. But don’t take our word for it, check out the media coverage of several of the stops on the road trip.

0 replies

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply