Summer Learning Day Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- What is Summer Learning Day?
- Summer Learning Day sounds like a fun idea, but why should I participate? What is the benefit to my program?
- What "counts” as a Summer Learning Day event?
- I have a summer program, but not a specific Summer Learning Day event. Can I register my program?
- I’d like to plan a Summer Learning Day event, but I’m overwhelmed with program planning at the moment. Can you help?
- What if my event does not occur on June 21?
- I have more than one event. Is there a way I can register them in bulk?
What is Summer Learning Day?
Summer Learning Day is a nationwide advocacy celebration—a holiday to mark the importance of summer learning. It is a chance for summer learning programs to share with funders, families, teachers, principals, mayors, city councilmen, school boards, and others the contributions they make to the lives of children and families.
Host an event during the week of June 21 or anytime during summer! During this national showcase, summer learning programs highlight how they work to:
- Maintain and advance participants' academic and developmental growth
- Support working families
- Keep children safe and healthy
- Send young people back to school ready to learn
Summer Learning Day sounds like a fun idea, but why should I participate? What is the benefit to my program?
You already recognize the importance of continued learning and development for youth during the summer. We want the whole nation to recognize that, too, and follow your good example! Summer Learning Day events can encourage community participation and support (our website offers lots of tips for getting people involved) and sends a clear, strong message to our nation’s children, parents, and government: we care about summer learning.
What "counts” as a Summer Learning Day event?
Any event that facilitates or celebrates summer learning qualifies. There are so many possibilities. You could hold a community barbeque with fun outdoor games, a spelling bee, a showcase of youth projects, storytime at the library or a special nature hike. Find more event examples and check out events already registered.
I have a summer program, but not a specific Summer Learning Day event. Can I register my program?
We’re thrilled that you operate a summer learning program; however, the Summer Learning Day registration process is specifically for events. Maybe your summer program already features one special event, so you might choose to highlight that for Summer Learning Day. If not, remember that planning an event doesn’t need to be complicated. It could be as simple as inviting a special guest to read with the kids in your program and sharing information with attendees about the importance of your program to the children in your community or handing out Tips for Parents (English / Spanish). Become a Friend of Summer Learning (free) and check out all of the tools in our Planning Toolkit.
I’d like to plan a Summer Learning Day event, but I’m overwhelmed with program planning at the moment. Can you help?
Of course! We've got tools to make it easy. The Summer Learning Day Planning Toolkit includes a timeline for organizing an event, event examples, a template letter for inviting special guests, a template media advisory to notify the press about your event, and a Summer Learning Day logo you can add to all of your event promotion documents. Also, download and distribute Summer Learning Tips for Parents in both English and Spanish.
What if my event does not occur on June 21?
No problem! You can still participate in Summer Learning Day. We understand that events take place throughout the summer, and the June 21 date recognizes and celebrates all of them.
I have more than one event. Is there a way I can register them in bulk?
It’s easy to register multiple events for Summer Learning Day. Just download the excel sheet on the events registration page, fill in your list of events, and e-mail the excel sheet to firstname.lastname@example.org.