Guest post by Sarah Pitcock.
Today is National Summer Learning Day, an advocacy day led by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), to elevate the importance of keeping kids learning, healthy, and safe every summer.
This year, we’re not only celebrating summer learning today, on June 19th, we’re making summer a season of learning. We hope that if you haven’t already, you will visit www.summerlearningday.com to take the pledge to keep kids learning and place your program or event on the map to help families locate you.
NSLA continues to advocate for summer as a key part of the expanded learning strategy to close achievement and opportunities gaps in communities across the country, ensuring that all youth have a path to success in education, and ultimately in life.
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. These losses over the summer are cumulative and contribute significantly to the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income kids. Continue reading