Summer Literacy Programs

Overview

Summer Literacy Programs

The United Way Summer Education Program Convening Group is a network of summer education providers and housing complexes working together to provide enriching educational activities for children in the Sacramento area. As part of the larger Campaign for Grade Level Reading and the new Square One Project, the members of the Summer Education Program Convening Group work to prevent the summer slide so that kids are ready to stay to start school the next year and can stay on track to graduate.

The group meets monthly throughout the school year. If you are part of an organization that provides summer education or are part of an organization that is attempting or would like to provide summer education and would like to be a part of our team effort to eliminate summer learning loss than please contact 916-368-3000. 

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Summer Literacy Program was a success
See survey results from the 2017 program

For our pilot summer literacy program, we partnered with Kids First Now, CHOC Housing, and Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency (ATCAA) with locations across Yolo, Sacramento, Amador, and Placerville counties to conduct summer enrichment programming. Our literacy program coordinators provided training to these agencies with enriching educational activities in literacy, art, and STEAM for teen volunteers and staff to combat summer slide with their youth participants.

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Help a child soar during the summer
Teen and adult volunteers needed to combat summer slide

Summer brings long, fun days of no school and lots of running, jumping, singing and playing for young children.  For low-income children, if they don’t get academic enrichment activities during the summer, they begin to forget what they learned during the school year. This is called summer slide.  Low-income children who experience summer slide begin the next school year behind their peers.  Instead of starting the new school year learning new lessons, they have to review what they learned the year before.  This cycle tends to repeat itself and these children become very academically disadvantaged.