National Summer Learning Day is Friday, June 19!
June 17, 2015
Summer Learning Day is a national advocacy day recognized to spread awareness about the importance of summer learning for our nation's youth in helping close the achievement gap and support healthy development in communities all across the country. The National Summer Learning Association provides tools and resources for parents, caregivers, teachers and community leaders to help spread the word and #KeepKidsLearning all year long. Click here for more information and to take the pledge today!
Why does this matter?
Children who don't have access to books at home over the summer lose an average of more than two months in reading achievement, while their peers, who have access to books, tend to make gains in reading.
Research shows that summers without quality learning opportunities put our nation's youth at risk for falling behind - year after year - in core subjects like math and reading. By fifth grade, cumulative years of summer learning loss can leave students, without access to summer learning programs, 2 1/2 to three years behind their peers who do attend summer learning programs. Many kinds of high-quality learning opportunities during the summer can make a difference in stemming learning loss, and ultimately closing the country's achievement gap.
Our United Way is a proud leader in the local Campaign for Grade-Level Reading with AchieveHartford!, City of Hartford, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Hartford Public Library, Hartford Public Schools, and Mega Education. Helping kids continue to learn during the summer and preventing summer learning loss is one way we ensure that children read on grade level by the time they reach the fourth grade.