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"For some children, summertime means camp, visits to museums, parks, and libraries, and access to a variety of fun and enriching activities. For many low-income children, however, the reality of summer is far from this ideal."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What's the problem we're trying to solve?

For some children, summertime means camp, visits to museums, parks, and libraries, and access to a variety of fun and enriching activities. For many low-income children, however, the reality of summer is far from this ideal. When the school doors close for the summer, too many children lack access to quality educational and developmental opportunities as well as basic needs like healthy meals, and safe places to be with adult supervision. As a result, they experience well-documented setbacks in academic performance which contribute to growth in the achievement gap. They also face nutritional setbacks which contribute to the problem of childhood obesity.

Our vision and mission.

Our vision is that all children and youth have access to high-quality summer learning experiences to help them succeed in college, career, and life. To realize that vision, our mission is to convince, connect, and equip providers, education leaders, families, and communities to deliver high-quality summer learning opportunities to our nation’s children and youth that help close the achievement gap and support healthy development.

What we do.

The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) is the only national nonprofit exclusively focused on closing the achievement gap through high-quality summer learning for all children and youth. Our work centers on three strategic priorities:

  • Recognizing and disseminating what works in summer learning.
  • Offering expertise and support for programs and communities to strengthen and expand summer learning opportunities.  
  • Convening leaders and advocating for summer learning as a solution for equity and excellence in education.
 
 
 
 
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