The road to pandemic recovery and equity extends through summer, when programs draw on young people’s interests and utilize the entire community for learning. Our experience in Boston and Massachusetts points the way to engaging programs and adequate funding for both school and community providers.

A summer program connected us 30 years ago, when Chris participated in a high school leadership program that Paul had created a decade earlier. Paul went on to chair our state’s influential Commission on Time and Learning and serve as Massachusetts secretary of education. Chris has led a Boston coalition that reimagined summer learning, creating a national model for cities. Throughout these experiences, each of us was driven by a conviction that enrichment time was central to the quest for equity in education.

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