National Summer Learning Day: July 13, 2017
Join summer programs across Washington State and thousands across the country in a nationwide celebration of summer learning.
National Summer Learning Day is an opportunity to showcase your summer program and help spread awareness and enthusiasm around summer learning. Help us show policymakers, parents, and the public how summer programs prevent learning loss and give kids the opportunity to have exciting and fun learning opportunities all year round!
Why Participate in National Summer Learning Day?
An analysis of survey data released in 2010 by the Afterschool Alliance confirms that parents strongly support summer learning programs and more would participate in programs were available. National Summer Learning Day highlights this need and showcases the many great opportunities for summer learning nationwide.
The America After 3PM survey of 30,000 households found:
- In Washington State, only 21% of school-age children participate in summer learning programs.
- The parents of 49% of children in the state who are not already in a summer learning program would enroll their children in one, if a program were available to them – an indication of the considerable unmet demand for summer learning programs in the state.
- Summer learning can help close the Achievement Gap. Summer learning programs targeted to low-income students can help close the achievement gap, caused at least in part by cumulative learning loss over summers, which that has been shown to be steeper for low-income students than for others.
You can learn more about the importance of summer learning from this infographic (PDF) from the National Summer Learning Association.
How to Participate
- Get started on planning your National Summer Learning Day festivities! This is a great way to show off your programs and provide a fun, interactive event for parents, families, and the public. It can be a science fair, an open house, or even a costume contest. Anything goes!
- E-mail us a description of your event, videos, and photos and we'll spread the word.
- Don't be shy! Highlight your event on social media, and don't forget to share it directly on our Facebook page.
- To write a longer piece about your event or about summer learning for our blog, please contact Danielle Baer.
Social Media Tips
Together we can spread the word about the importance of summer learning through social media. Here are some helpful tips and example posts you can use on social media!
- Make sure you include the hashtags #SummerWA and #KeepKidsLearning in your posts.
- Keep social media posts brief and to the point.
- Celebrating #SummerWA Day event with a trip to the park to explore nature! #KeepKidsLearning
- [ORGANIZATION] supports #SummerWA Day because every child deserves to a have a fun summer! We want to #KeepKidsLearning this summer!
- Share a photo of your event!
- Include a statistic!
- Kids will lose 2 months of math and reading skills if they are not engaged during summer break. #SummerWA #KeepKidsLearing
- 4-weeks = the amount of time teachers spend re-teaching the previous years’ material. #SummerWA #KeepKidsLearing
- If kids take a break from learning all summer, they miss out on the opportunity to discover interests, explore passions and learn new skills. #SummerWA #KeepKidsLearing
Please contact Stephanie Lennon, Policy and Advocacy Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org