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.
Fortunately, high-quality summer programs can help prevent learning loss. That’s why we partner with the Arkansas Community Foundation to fund the following summer programs that emphasize reading. Check out the success these programs had last summer:
In Clinton School District, K-3rd grade students who were behind in reading participated in a summer program that included intensive reading instruction and social-emotional learning designed around empathy for animals. 76% of students improved their letter-sound recognition and blending after the program.
Drew Central School District’s Camp Learn A Lot offered kindergarten and first graders a camp-themed literacy program. 90% of first graders in the program improved or maintained oral reading fluency.
Horatio School District’s Reach Out and Read program for K-5th grade students emphasizes art, music, nutrition, STEM, and parent engagement activities in addition to reading. 65% of students in the program showed an increase in the phonetic skills needed to be strong readers.
Our Summer Learning Initiative doesn’t stop there. Make sure to learn more about the initiative and how you can prevent summer learning loss here.