Libraries and Children’s Museums (June 2018)

June 18, 2018 • Filed under Press Releases

Nation’s Libraries and Children’s Museums Unite to Celebrate National Summer Learning Day on July 12

Celebration Kicks off by Ringing the Closing Bell at the NYSE and Includes National Read Aloud of Award-Winning Book, Trombone Shorty.

Baltimore, MD (June 18, 2018) – Goodbye homework, pop quizzes and science projects! Hellooo summer – a time when millions of students kick back, chill out and ‘check out.’ The summer months of June, July and August, however, present a classic case of the “summer slide,” when most kids can lose academic skills they worked hard to learn during the school year.

There’s nothing fun about this kind of slide. It’s a well-documented phenomenon where students can lose up to three months of progress in reading and math, and these losses add up. By fifth grade, summer learning loss can leave low-income students almost three years academically behind their higher-income peers. Recent research published by the RAND Corporation, however, point to new findings from a Wallace Foundation study, the largest-ever study of summer learning, which showed that students with high attendance in free, five to six-week, voluntary summer learning programs experienced educationally meaningful benefits in math and reading.

Read More