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Articles and Research that Support the Importance of Summer Learning Programs for Children

Jul 8, 2014 12:00 AM

Articles and Research that Support the Importance of Summer Learning Programs for Children


1. McCombs, J. S., Augustine, C. H., & Schwartz, H. L. (2011). Making summer count: How summer programs can boost children's learning. Rand Corporation. Retrieved May 2014 from 


Key quotes:

“Summer learning programs have the potential to help children and youth improve their academic and other outcomes. This is especially true for children from low-income families who might not have access to educational resources throughout the summer months and for low-achieving students who need additional time to master academic content. However, summer learning programs are often an afterthought of school districts or not offered at all, especially in restrictive funding environments” (Page iii).


“Vacation from school results in lost knowledge and skills” (Page 71).


“Research also demonstrates that students can benefit in several ways from summer learning programs: They can master material that they did not learn during the previous school year, reverse summer learning loss, and even achieve learning gains” (Page 72).


“Longitudinal studies indicate that the effects of summer learning programs endure for at least two years after participation” (Page 72). 



2. This National Summer Learning Association’s website has some great quotes and stats: 


Key quotes:

“All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer” (White, 1906; Heyns, 1978; Entwisle & Alexander 1992; Cooper, 1996; Downey et al, 2004).


“Parents consistently cite summer as the most difficult time to ensure that their children have productive things to do” (Duffett et al, 2004).



3. This article from Today has lots of good stats as well: 


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