Summer Learning Day Resources for Communities


Quick Links:
Celebrate
  • Post a Summer Learning Event or Program
  • 10 Tips for Celebrating Summer Learning Day
Plan
  • Year-Round Planning and Funding Tools
  • Action Toolkit
  • Summer Learning Brief: Why Summers Matter
Advocate
  • Research in Briefs
  • Summer by the Numbers Infographic
  • Summer Bookstore
  • Strengthening Policy
  • Resources from The Wallace Foundation
Nourish
  • Promote Summer Meals
  • USDA Summer Meals Toolkit
Engage
  • Social Media Toolkit
  • PSA Copy
  • Press Release Template
  • Official Reading List
  • Families & Students Toolkit
  • Elected Officials Playbook
  • Summer Reading with Scholastic
  • Summer Stride Comic Strip
  • #Gen2GenSummer Challenge
  • Lights On Afterschool
  • Bookstore Handout
Fundraise
  • Funding Resource Guide
2017 Summer Learning Day Webinar

Learn about new resources and how to promote your own summer learning event!

2016 Highlights

Check out these highlights from last year’s National Summer Learning Day from First Lady Michelle Obama, Boston After School & Beyond, PBS SoCal and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. See more in this infographic.

Celebrate

Celebrate summer learning and share your event or program.

Register your event or program to help families and media in your community find you! Showcase how summers can make a life-changing difference in the lives of young people.

Plan

Plan in advance for your summer learning program!

Expand summer opportunities locally, learn about best practices and more. Read about key steps you can take this summer to increase access to high-quality summer learning, meals and jobs opportunities in your community.

Summer Learning Brief: Why Summers Matter

Check out the Why Summers Matter Summer Learning Brief from the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE). For more information, visit the NCASE website or check out the NCASE resource library to connect you with tools, profiles and information on a range of key topics in Out-Of-School Time.

Advocate

Make the case why summers matter!

Read key studies about summer learning in easy-to-understand language. Use this infographic to teach your community about the summer slide and what happens to children during the summer. Share books written by leading researchers in the summer learning field. Download policy resources including the 2016 State Policy Snapshot.

Resources from The Wallace Foundation

Wallace Foundation logoBrowse reports and other resources for insights into summer learning from The Wallace Foundation’s Summer Learning Knowledge Center.

Nourish

Nourish bodies and minds through summer meals!

Use these promotional items from No Kid Hungry to promote summer meals programs in your city or state. Learn about summer meal programs in the United States Department of Agriculture’s Summer Meals Toolkit.

Engage

Engage local media, families, community members and elected officials to keep kids learning, healthy and safe.

Use this social media copy on Twitter and Facebook to help spread the word to #KeepKidsLearning this summer. Use this copy to record a Public Service Announcement or provide it to a local station as “live copy” to be read on-air. Use this press release template to promote your own Summer Learning Day event.

Made in collaboration with the Chicago Public Library, find reading recommendations for all kids. Programs and providers can download this flyer with additional reading tips!

Share these resources with families and students in your community. Share these resources with your mayor, governor or local elected official.

Create a launch event, reach out to your local media, utilize social media and check out handy templates from Scholastic for announcing your event.

Summer Stride, developed by Learning Heroes and NSLA, is designed to help parents use the summer break to look at the big picture of how prepared their child is for the next grade. Share the Summer Stride comic strip with your community using the Summer Stride Social Media Toolkit.

#Gen2GenSummer Challenge

Help us engage older adult volunteers to support youth this summer! The #Gen2GenSummer Challenge is part of Encore.org’s Generation to Generation campaign, a national effort to inspire adults over 50 to make a positive difference in the lives of children and youth. #Gen2GenSummer will encourage thousands of older adults to take action and volunteer with local organizations like yours. Post your summer volunteer opportunities by following these instructions.

Lights On Afterschool

Save the date for Lights on Afterschool, October 26, 2017! Launched by the Afterschool Alliance in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities.

Bookstore Handout

Share this flyer, created by Carson-Dellosa Publishing, to your local bookstore so that they can provide parents with ideas on avoiding summer learning loss.

Fundraise

Find resources to fund your program.

Funding Resource Guide

Funding Resource Guide cover imageThis guide is made to help state and local leaders identify the most promising funding streams to support summer learning and to show opportunities to meet the needs of young people during the critical summer months.

New releases:

Make sure to attach this comic strip when spreading the word about Learning Heroes’ Summer Stride tips! Share these key studies with parents, program providers and policymakers to help them understand what makes a great summer learning program.

2017 Summer Learning Day Webinar

Learn about new resources and how to promote your own summer learning event!

Share these resources with your community to share summer learning best practices and opportunities for funding.

2016 Highlights

Check out these highlights from last year’s National Summer Learning Day from First Lady Michelle Obama, Boston After School & Beyond, PBS SoCal and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Stay tuned:
  • Mayor’s & Governor’s Summer Learning Playbook
  • Summer Learning Day Talking Points
  • Summer Learning Day PSA Copy
  • Social Media Messaging
  • Press Release Template
  • And many more tip sheets!