Summer Learning Programs fill an important void in the lives of young people, especially in the case of lower-income students that may otherwise loose access to a number of resources provided by the school during the academic year. First, they address the summer learning loss which helps to prevent students from starting the school year behind. Moreover, they provide a space for innovative learning as summer programs aren’t bound to the same strict set of rules, assessments and testing as the school year. Secondly, they provide food so that students on free and reduced lunches still have access to snacks and meals. Last, they provide a safe space with supervision and access to role models.
The National Summer Learning Association's Community Indicators of Effective Summer Learning Systems
- Shared Vision and Citywide Coordination
- Engaged Leadership
- Data Management System
- Continuous Quality Improvement
- Sustainable Resources
- Marketing and Communications