COVID-19 has illuminated the nation’s inequities in our school systems and communities like never before, shining a spotlight on the significant digital divide, food insecurities, childcare issues, and learning losses millions of underserved students and their families actually face every summer and into the school year. Now more than ever, essential funding investments and policy support, are critical to helping communities leverage the summer and afterschool programs to help students catch up on unfinished learning and thrive during an extraordinarily challenging school year.

As the national leader on summer learning and its role in education improvement, the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) tracks and responds to policy issues that affect summer opportunities at the federal, state, and local levels, with the goal of ensuring high-quality summer learning opportunities reach the nation’s most underserved students. Effective policies now must address the unmet demand that families have for quality out-of-school time experiences and childcare, and improve access to critical nutrition programs as food insecurity needs rise.

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2020 Federal Funding Resource Guide

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Keep All Kids Healthy and Learning

Now more than ever, communities need your support to expand access to summer and afterschool programs that will help students catch up on unfinished learning and thrive after an extraordinarily challenging school year.

Please consider supporting NSLA’s critical work this holiday season. With your support, we can make a positive difference in the academic, social, and economic realities of children, families, and communities across America. Whether you donate $5, $10, or $25, every little bit helps.