The benefit of summer programs is well-documented, and support for public funding to back these opportunities is high. When the school year ends, children in high-poverty environments struggle. Kids lose precious time during the summer months to continue their learning. It’s also a hard time for families to secure basic needs for their children like healthy food and safe places to spend their days.
The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) promotes and supports key public investments that improve conditions for summer programs. NSLA aims to enable access to these programs for students who benefit most. Support summer learning programs today:
Tell Congress to provide grants to state libraries to allow schools with summer lunch programs to keep their libraries open for student use during the summer months
Tell Congress to protect and maintain funding for 21st Century Community Learning Center programs.
Tell Congress to protect and fully fund the Student Success and Academic Enrichment grant program (Title IV Part A of ESSA).
Tell Congress to invest in summer programs that aid entry to and completion of college.
Tell Congress to protect and maintain funding for AmeriCorps VISTAs (Corporation for National and Community Service).
Tell Congress to increase access to child care for working families (Child Care and Development Block Grant).
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