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.
Give a Summer, a Boston based education nonprofit, released a report today on its research into what middle school students do over the summer, what they want to do, and what stands in their way.
A new study shows a clear link between the quality of summer learning programs and the academic outcomes they produce. The study was funded by the Raikes Foundation and done in partnership with Seattle Public Schools, the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, and School’s Out Washington.