We Support National Summer Learning Day
Many people understand that one of the primary benefits of an afterschool program is to boost a child’s academic performance. But, we must also recognize that afterschool programs (A) support childhood success and (B) offer a wide range of benefits to children, families, and communities.
Overall, afterschool programs:
- enrich curriculum and student performance
- reduce risky behaviors
- promote physical health
- provide a safe, structured environment for children— which is especially important for children with working parents
- engage a range of community organizations and volunteers.
Most afterschool programs are limited to the school year, which leaves children vulnerable, bored, and at risk of summer learning loss known as “summer slide.”
United Way of Williamson County, however, is doing our part to combat summer slide. We’ve extended academic support into the summer months with the launch of the Summer Literacy Program— a Raise Your Hand-Williamson initiative that promotes the importance of daily reading.
We can’t let the summer months stifle a child’s academic, social, or physical growth. That’s why we support National Summer Learning Day. Held on July 12, 2018, this day of advocacy elevates the importance of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer — all summer — to ensure that students return to school in the fall ready to succeed.
The importance of summer learning activities for children can’t be overstated, but here are three facts we can’t ignore:
- summer learning loss can leave low-income students two-and-a-half to three years behind their peers.
- students who fall behind over the summer are less likely to graduate from high school or go on to college.
- most summer programs cost almost $300 per week, per child, and a majority of families say they would participate if an affordable program were available.
Be sure to visit our Twitter profile (@uwwilliamsonco) and Facebook page (@unitedwayofwilliamsoncountytn) on July 12 — or any day thereafter — to view and share our National Summer Learning Day posts. You can follow and join the conversation by using #KeepKidsLearning.