Resilience, perseverance, curiosity, and the joy of learning: as adults we work hard to cultivate our children’s best qualities and arm them with the tools they need to succeed in life. For 25 years, the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) has captured the magic and hidden value of summer. We believe that by investing in summer learning, we can open doors and create new outcomes for young people.
Our work is based on the simple idea that summer—a time that is easily overlooked yet critical to educational development—is bursting with possibility, and instrumental in closing the achievement gap between privileged children and less-resourced children. By casting a spotlight on summer learning loss, and galvanizing parents, educators, legislators, and community organizations to embrace the power of summer learning, we have created a space for greater achievement and potential for all children.
We founded the summer learning movement to bring attention to opportunities for greater health and well-being for children and young people across the nation. As we approach our next 25 years, we continue to build a foundation for even greater possibilities.