Why Summer Learning?
An analysis of survey data released in 2010 by the Afterschool Alliance confirms that parents strongly support summer learning programs and more would participate in programs were available. National Summer Learning Day highlights this need and showcases the many great opportunities for summer learning nationwide.
The America After 3PM survey of 30,000 households found:
- In Washington State, only 21% of school-age children participate in summer learning programs.
- The parents of 49% of children in the state who are not already in a summer learning program would enroll their children in one, if a program were available to them – an indication of the considerable unmet demand for summer learning programs in the state.
- Summer learning can help close the Achievement Gap. Summer learning programs targeted to low-income students can help close the achievement gap, caused at least in part by cumulative learning loss over summers, which has been shown to be steeper for low-income students than for others.
You can learn more about the importance of summer learning from this infographic (PDF) from the National Summer Learning Association.
Celebrate Summer Learning Week July 8 - 12, 2019!
Put Washington and your program on the map for National Summer Learning Week 2019! Summer Learning Week is the largest advocacy and communications event of the year for summer programming – help us show how amazing we are in Washington and how incredible all of our summer programs are by registering your event on the National Summer Learning Association website.
Anything goes – a field day, family night, or a site visit with legislators – use your creativity to show the state and country how great your program is.
Need help planning communications and outreach for your event? Check out the Making Your Case: Communication Planning for Success webinar and learn more.
Remember to use #SummerLearningWeek leading up to and during the celebration!
For more information on Summer Learning Week, visit the National Summer Learning Association’s Summer Learning Week webpage.
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