Guest Blog: Summer Learning: No Vacation From Opportunity Gap

Students pay dearly for a long summer break from school: On average, they return in the fall a month behind where they were at the close of the prior academic year, and kids from low-income households typically slip even further.

Now a new report suggests that when it comes to summer enrichment programs, the opportunities that might help slow that academic slide for struggling students are out of reach for many families.

Among the spotlighted early findings from the Afterschool Alliance’s forthcoming America After 3pm report, which was drawn from a survey of nearly 14,000 households nationally:

  • The percentage of families with at least one child participating in a summer learning program was 33 percent, up from 25 percent in 2009;
  • Just over half of respondents said they wanted their kids to experience summer learning, and that more than eight in 10 said they supported public funding for such opportunities;
  • And while 13 percent of respondents said their children attended summer learning programs free of charge, those who did pay fees said it cost an average of  $250 – “placing it out of reach for many families,” according to the report.

So why does summer learning loss matter?

Read the rest of this post on the Education Writers Association blog.