There is a well-documented need for a statewide, coordinated system of youth programs that operate outside of school hours, including before and after school, and during weekends and other school breaks, to provide high-quality, enriching experiences that contribute to the learning and healthy development of youth. Given their sizable impact on young people, summer learning opportunities must be a critical component of this system. However, far too many children have little or no exposure to the safe, supervised learning and enrichment activities that summer programs can provide.
Summer experiences help meet the needs of all children; this is especially true for children from traditionally underserved communities, including children of color, those from low-income families, and children living in rural areas. Research shows that summer learning loss is a significant contributor to the achievement gap; students from low-income families typically lose two to three months in reading achievement and two months of math skills during the summer months.
The Network’s Summer Learning Brief highlights a variety of summer programs in New York, includes research on summer learning, and makes policy recommendations to support high-quality summer learning programs.
Fact Sheet: Summer Learning Programs Help New York Kids Succeed highlights data on New York from Afterschool Alliance’s America After 3PM report.
National Summer Learning Association and The Wallace Foundation have additional resources and research on summer learning.