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About The Excellence in Summer Learning Award and The Founder’s Award 

Both the Excellence in Summer Learning Award and The Founder’s Award recognize outstanding summer programs or models that demonstrate excellence in accelerating academic achievement and promoting healthy development for young people between pre-kindergarten and twelfth grade.

The awards are given annually based on an application process that elicits information on a program’s history, mission, goals, operations, management, staff development, partnerships, results, and sustainability.

Programs are measured against the National Summer Learning Association's (NSLA) Comprehensive Assessment of Summer Programs (CASP). Applicants are reviewed by NSLA staff in addition to peer organizations in the field. Site visits are conducted to a select group of finalists to observe program activities before announcing the awards.

Congratulations to the 2015 New York Life Excellence in Summer Learning Award winners:  

  • Pittsburgh Public Schools
  • Project Transformation
  • Rochester City School District
  • Chicago Public Library (Founder's Award)


Contact Dara Murray, Manager of Program Quality and Evaluation at Dara [at] or at (410) 856-1370 ext. 202 for more information.



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