Summer Opportunity Project

The Summer Opportunity Project

The White House and the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) – in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education – have launched the Summer Opportunity Project, an unprecedented effort to keep kids learning, safe and healthy during the critical summer months, because Smarter Summers Equal Brighter Futures for all young people. Hear what First Lady Michelle Obama has to say on the issue.

As part of this initiative, NSLA envisions that by 2020 every city, town and county in America will provide summer learning and jobs opportunities and summer meals to every young person who qualifies for free and reduced-price meals.

NSLA is committed to supporting cross-sector community teams including schools, city agencies, libraries, nonprofits, intermediaries and private sector partners to coordinate their efforts in the summer in the following ways:

Summer Opportunity Assurances

Imagine how communities would look, feel and achieve differently if they delivered to young people these five assurances: Keep Kids Learning…

  • Distribute books through book banks, mobile distribution and center-based programs
  • Promote E-book and E-reader programs
  • Implement a citywide library program and library card sign up
  • Equip parents and caregivers to support new and growing readers at home
  • Expand awareness and availability of summer meals programs
  • Expand access to facilities, parks and programs that offer physical activity and exercise during the summer months
  • Engage the public and private sector to offer summer work experiences coupled with meaningful college prep coursework
  • Provide college counseling, college visits and financial literacy workshops for middle and high school students
  • Engage and equip community members and young people as volunteer tutors, reading partners, STEM mentors and summer program staff during the summer months
  • Highlight local service learning opportunities and organizations during the summer
  • Provide leadership development opportunities in summer programs for young people of color
  • Create a community passport program to make transportation and admittance to learning centers and cultural institutions affordable and dynamic
  • Ensure community hubs for broadband and digital learning access are available and accessible
  • Tap into a connected learning platform to offer digital badges to recognize learning all summer

Resources for Families

Children can lose up to two months of essential math and reading skills during the summer months but there is plenty families and caregivers can do to support learning during the summer. Create or find quality summer learning opportunities so your child doesn’t lose the skills he worked hard to learn in school.

What Can Families Do?

Learn how to help a child use summer to get ahead in the new school year. A new book will help you do just that.

Check out the latest e-book, from NSLA Board Chair Matthew Boulay, PhD. The book is a fun and easy read that will empower families with how to keep their kids learning, healthy and safe during the summer.

NSLA’s downloadable Tip Sheets offer practical and easy tips for families for the summer.

Tip Sheets

Resources for Communities

Learn more about expanding summer opportunites locally, building awareness and support, and strengthening policy.

New Vision for Summer School

The New Vision for Summer School Network (NVSS Network) includes more than 30 school districts and national partners. The NVSS Network is committed to summer learning that engages more children and youth, boosts academic achievement and supports teaching and learning throughout the school year.

These districts are working to close the opportunity gap to ensure that all young people have access to high-quality summer learning to help them succeed in college, career and life.

For information about the NVSS Network, please contact

NVSS School Districts

Atlanta (GA)
Austin (TX)
Baltimore (MD)
Birmingham (AL)
Boston (MA)
Charlotte-Mecklenburg (NC)
Chicago (IL)
Cincinnati (OH)
Council Bluffs (IA)
Dallas (TX)
Duval County (FL)
Fairfax County (VA)
Fresno (CA)
Grand Rapids (MI)
Houston (TX)
Milwaukee (WI)

Minneapolis (MN)
Newark (NJ)
New York City (NY)
Oakland (CA)
Philadelphia (PA)
Pittsburgh (PA)
Providence (RI)
Racine (WI)
Rochester (NY)
Sacramento (CA)
San Francisco (CA)
Seattle (WA)
Springfield (MA)
St. Paul (MN)
Washington (DC)
Wausau (WI)