Why summer learning matters and how you can DO something about it. Summer Learning Day, June 21!

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