March 03 2015
New research from the 2014 edition of America After 3PM, the most comprehensive household survey of how students in America spend their after school hours, shows that summer learning programs are strongly supported by parents and that participation in summer learning programs is on the rise.
According to the survey of nearly 14,000 families:
With increased awareness of the problem of summer learning loss, especially among low-income students, it is encouraging to see data that suggest parents and guardians are increasingly recognizing the important role that summer learning programs can play in helping keep kids on track for success. However, the cost data raise concerns about equity and whether or not the very students who might most likely benefit from programs are able to access them. Download the one-pager or graphics providing an overview of the findings.
Initiatives like the Summer to Make, Play & Connect, Cities of Learning, and Maker Party are undoubtedly playing an important role in helping make sure that more students, of all income levels, have access to quality summer learning opportunities.
In October, look for the release of the 2014 edition of America After 3PM, which will provide a detailed view of afterschool programs, including access to STEM learning opportunities, physical activity, and healthy meals and snacks. Additional details on summer learning, including state-level data, data by race, gender and more will be available in 2015.
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