We just learned about an organization dedicated to helping provide summer learning opportunities to children who otherwise don’t have access to summer programs. It’s called the National Summer Learning Association. It aims to provide “tools, resources, and expertise to improve program quality, generate support, and increase youth access and participation,” and to offer “professional development, quality assessment and evaluation, best practices dissemination and collaboration, and strategic consulting to states, school districts, community organizations, and funders.”
This is great. It’s addressing a public policy issue that deserves attention and support because not every child gets to spend his or her summer in an organized learning environment like a summer camp. With “nothing to do,” no adult facilitation, and few resources, summers are too often literally wasted for some kids. The National Summer Learning Association is working to reverse that. They are not necessarily advocating a year-round school calendar or suggesting universal summer school, but instead hope to support a wide range of learning opportunities and programs (yes, including camps) children can engage during the summer.
Go check out their web site and learn how you can help.