Resources for Summer


CodeVa: summer camps that teaches concepts of computational thinking and computer science through a variety of creative activities.

No Kid Hungry: the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers free summer meals to kids across Virginia. Meals are free to all kids that come to a registered summer meals site. 

FeedMore: ensures that thousands of children at risk of hunger receive heathly and reliable breakfast and lunch meals during the summer.
Summer STEAM: a free, one week, residential academy intended to inspire and expose rising 6th-8th grade students drawn from across the Commonwealth to STEAM content, applied learning, and leadership developing opportunities. 

Virtual Virginia: offers online Advanced Placement (AP), world language, core academic, and elective courses to students across the Commonwealth and nation.

4-H Camping: there are six 4-H Educational Centers located across Virginia. Each one serves a particular geographic region for 4-H camping experiences, and also provides unique opportunities.

Virginia is for Lovers of Summer Learning: engage in summer learning with fun activities in reading, mathematics, science, and history and social science.

Summer Residential Governor’s Schools: provide gifted high school juniors and seniors with intensive educational experiences in visual and performing arts; humanities; mathematics, science, and technology; or through mentorships in marine science, medicine and health sciences, or engineering.



My Summer Camps: discover and compare thousands of summer camps.

Kids Camps: the Internet's most comprehensive directory of summer camps, winter camps, and spring break camps, including traditional overnight camps, day camps, etc.

ACA's Find a Camp: searchable camp database.

Calculating the Return on Investment in Summer Learning: research on the intersection of policy, funding, and return on summer reading investments.

Preventing College Plans from Melting Away: what happens during the summer after high school graduation to prevent college matriculation, especially among low-income students? Learn more about the challenge of “summer melt,” and what we can do to prevent it.

Summer School and Reading Proficiency: promoting best practices for effective summer reading program.

Doesn't Every Child Deserve a Memorable Summer: to succeed in school and life, children and young adults need ongoing opportunities to learn and practice essential skills. This is especially true during the summer months. 

How to Make Summer Reading Effective: summer's always been a great time to kick back with a book. But a strong body of research shows that, without practice, students lose reading skills over the summer months.

Meaningful Linkages Between Summer Programs, Schools, and Community Partners: Conditions and Strategies for Success: partnerships are a proven and cost-effective way for schools and community organizations to provide more meaningful summer learning experiences; making a real difference in the lives of children and families.

More Than a Hunch; Kids Lose Learning Skills Over the Summer Months: summer learning loss is very real and has important repercussions in the lives of students.

Summer Can Set Kids on the Right or Wrong Course: when school doors close for the summer, what do kids face? For some, it's a world of interesting vacations, music lessons, and library trips. For other without enriching summetime opportunities, the break can lead to serious academic consequences and the disparity can be dramatic.

Summertime and Weight Gain: did you know that children gain weight three times faster during the summer months? Children gain as much weight during the summer as they do during the entire school year, even though the summertime is three times shorter. 

Summer Feeding Program: designed to provide children with free nutritious meals during the summer months when school is out.

Running an Effective Summer Program: in order to combat the "summer slide", that occurs when children remain idle and are stripped of engaging opportunities during the summer, out-of-school time (OST) programs can operate throughout the summer. 

National Summer Learning Association: the only national organization exclusively focused on closing the achievement gap by increasing access to high-quality summer learning opportunities to young people.

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP): ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session.

Afterschool Meal Program: designed to provide children healthy meals and/or snacks afterschool, on weekends, and on school holidays.

Summer Nutrition Programs: summer meals.

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP): afterschool programs that participate in CACFP give children and teenagers the nutrition they need, and draw them into constructive activities that are safe, fun, and filled with opportunities for learning.