Family Toolkit

Get in on the Joy of Summer Learning

The Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) predicts significant learning loss from COVID school closures, especially in math. That means summer learning enrichment is more important than ever. Parents and caregivers can support learning throughout the summer season using these and other resources and tips to get kids ready for the next school year. We hope you enjoy celebrating National Summer Learning Week, July 12-16, 2021.

Check out the official National Summer Learning Week Tracker to find summer learning events or programs near you.

Take the #SummerMatters Challenge to share what inspires your family to learn during the summer!

National Summer Learning Week has a new theme for each day of this celebration. View the theme days.

Family Tip Sheets & Resources

This new e-book, written by Dr. Matthew Boulay, an educator, and advocate for children and families for over 25 years, is just the resource parents need to keep kids learning this summer. The book offers “40 Digital Learning Kits” inspired by the best practices of award-winning programs around the country. Available on Amazon for $2.99.

How can you help your child stride forward? Download the Summer Stride from Learning Heroes and learn how you can set your child up for success plus other ways to support summer learning fun.

The American Camp Association (ACA) is a community of camp professionals who, for more than 100 years, have joined together to share our knowledge and experience and to ensure the quality of camp programs. Check out their resources for parents.

Using No Kid Hungry‘s summer meals texting service, parents, grandparents, and caregivers can text ‘FOOD’ to 877-877 to find free summer meals sites in their neighborhoods. Families can also use the USDA’s Summer Meal Site Finder.

Here are some great children’s books, about cooking, eating, and doing all things food from Applegate chef and food stylist, Kate Winslow, author of Onions Etcetera: The Essential Allium Cookbook and former editor at Gourmet magazine.

The Smithsonian is supporting and helping our country in a time of great need. Even though their buildings are closed, the Smithsonian is here for you from home with vast digital resources. Explore fun and engaging learning resources with Smithsonian Cares.

At Home and in Your Community: Kids need to keep learning over the summer. If they don’t, they lose what they’ve learned during the school year. Here are some ways your child can get ready for the next school year.

Keep Tweens and Teens Learning: No matter their age, it’s important for ALL kids to keep learning over the summer. Here are some ways to keep your tween or teen learning over the summer.

This Summer Learning Fun! tip sheet from the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment is designed to support parents and caregivers in engaging their children in fun, meaningful learning activities throughout the summer. has designed four-week summer learning calendars for kindergartners to fifth graders to help you prepare your child for next year.