Summer Learning Initiative

Each year, many children—particularly those from low-income backgrounds—lose as much as two to three months of reading skills during the summer months. Known as the “summer slide,” this learning loss can leave some children up to three years behind their peers by the end of fifth grade. But with accessible high-quality summer programs, summer learning loss can be prevented.

The Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading partners with the Arkansas Community Foundation, to offer funding to communities across the state that are working to increase reading levels through high-quality summer learning programs. The grantees host summer camps to keep kids engaged through various activities and projects designed to academically and socially enrich the participants.

These communities are also demonstrating how to braid existing funding sources to support their summer learning programs such as NSLA, Title I, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

The grant recipients have the opportunity to work with the Arkansas Out of School Network to receive technical support and training—and to get connected to a broader network of summer and after-school programs.