Summer Learning Goal:

All children have greater access to quality summer learning and enrichment opportunities


Why Summer Learning Matters

The summer months are critical for learning and development. While some children benefit from enrichment and cultural opportunities over the summer, low-income students lose an average of more than two months in reading achievement due to limited access to quality summer enrichment programs.

Over time, summer learning loss has a cumulative effect—by the end of fifth grade, low-income students fall behind by three grades compared to higher income students. Only 25% of students currently participate in organized summer learning programs, although a majority of parents said they would enroll their children if more programs were available.

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Summer Learning Strategies


Incorporate Literacy into Existing Programs

Develop best practices for integrating literacy curriculum into existing summer enrichment programs and strategies for implementation.

Expand summer learning opportunities

Expand summer school offerings (i.e. open school libraries/computer labs in the summer) and align with summer nutrition/feeding programs.


Raise Community Awareness

Create public awareness campaign to mobilize parents and community stakeholders around the importance of year-round reading. Centralize information about summer programs at the community level to improve family access to enrichment opportunities

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Summer Learning Indicators of Progress

  • Increase number of quality summer learning programs available to families

  • Increase students enrolled in summer learning programs
















Summer Learning Challenges in Stanislaus County


Lack of Data

School districts do not keep track of student participation in summer learning programs, so it is difficult to determine the level of student learning loss over the summer. Furthermore, even if schools did track summer program enrollment, there is currently no easy way to measure student gains and losses in reading proficiency over the summer.

Barriers to Access

Studies show that for low-income families, cost and proximity are often cited as the primary considerations for whether parents choose to enroll their children in a summer program, which is most likely the case in Stanislaus County. The most accessible location for summer learning is typically the neighborhood school, yet, like many communities nationally, summer programs at school sites have been drastically slashed or completely eliminated from district budgets.

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To learn more or participate in summer learning opportunities, please contact Amanda Hughes, Stanislaus Community Foundation,