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Summer Learning Day

About Summer Learning Day

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National Summer Learning Day is a national advocacy day aimed at elevating the importance of keeping kids learning, safe and healthy every summer, ensuring they return to school in the fall ready to succeed in the year. Your participation sends a powerful message across the nation that summers matter and offers an opportunity to showcase how summers can make a life-changing difference in the lives of young people.

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Summer Learning Day Resources

The National Summer Learning Association offers resources for communities and families that are working to keep kids learning, active and healthy all summer long.

Summer by the Numbers


1/3 of households

nationwide report that at least one child participates in a summer program.


One-third of first generation college attenders

without summer counseling and support, fall victim to the “summer melt” and fail to enroll in the fall, even after being accepted.


51% of families

not participating in a summer programs say they would if one was available to them.


Minority children gain weight up to twice as fast

during the unstable months of the summer as during the school year.


$288 per child

is the average weekly
reported cost for paid
summer programs.

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There has been nearly a 40% decline

in summer youth employment opportunities over the past 12 years.


One in six youth

eligible for the federal Summer Food Service Program in 2014 received these subsidized meals during the summer, leaving millions of dollars in federal funding on the table and many young people to needlessly go hungry when school is not in session. 3.2 million young people received a meal through the USDA’s programs on an average day.

Find summer meals in your community.

Learn more from the Summer by the Numbers infographic.

Smarter Summers. Brighter Futures.
Essay and Art Contest

Calling all kids grades K-12! Share your artwork or share your essay of 250 words or less telling us why summer learning is important and how smarter summers equal brighter futures for young people. Contest closes on September 1.
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Art by Isaiah Johnson

Artist, Isaiah Johnson, Grade 3
Duckette Lane Elementary School

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