During the summer months, young people living in poverty often don’t have access to essential resources that support their academic and developmental progress. As a result, they experience well-documented setbacks in academic performance and nutrition. These setbacks contribute to growth in the achievement gap and to the problem of childhood obesity.
Research shows that:
- Most students fall more than two months behind in math over the summer.
- Low-income children fall behind two months in reading while middle and upper-income peers make slight gains. By fifth grade, low-income children can be 2 years behind in reading.
- Up to two-thirds of the