Summer Matters: A New Vision for Summer in California
Summer Matters because high quality summer learning is essential to preventing "summer learning loss" and encourages students to become lifeling learners.
Children who attend summer programs enter school half a grade ahead of their peers who did not. Across California, schools, after-school providers, libraries, parks, and other groups are coming together, as part of the Summer Matters initiative, to develop a New Vision for Summer in our state. We are providing unique programs, experiences, and resources to broaden the horizons of low-income youth, strengthen their connections to their community's resources, and fill the empty weeks of summer with enrichment and academic activities that form a bridge from one school year to the next.
The California Library Association is supporting libraries that create partnerships with their local community-based summer enrichment programs, and developing and evaluating libraries' role in the new vision for summer in California.
Cooperation between community institutions strengthens all parties by leveraging and maximizing all of a community's resources to the benefit of its children and youth. Summer Matters is bringing together the best elements of what schools, communities and families have to offer to keep kids safe, engaged and learning when school is out.