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ERIC Number: ED511990
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Summer: A Season when Learning Is Essential. Issue Brief No. 43
Afterschool Alliance
Children eagerly anticipate summertime--it gives them a break from the school year routine and can be filled with fun and games. Parents want their children to be safe, to learn new skills and explore their interests. Employed parents want all of these things for their kids, along with childcare that will allow them to work free from worries about their children's safety. Summer programs can meet all of these needs, while also providing academic enrichment that mitigates the summer learning gap, which is felt most acutely by lower income families. Summer programs can round out a child's education and offer experiences that aren't available during the school year. They offer lower income families a way to level the playing field, to give their children enrichment activities and learning opportunities that are otherwise more readily available to affluent families. Summer programs have the potential to help reverse summer learning loss and increase educational equity. They are good for children and families, and help make schools more successful. Investing in summer learning programs pays off in myriad ways. (Contains 26 endnotes.) [For "Summer: A Season When Learning Is Essential. Afterschool Alert. Issue Brief No. 33", see ED502304.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Afterschool Alliance