I thought summer was for having fun? Why does summer learning matter for school success?

For many socio-economic reasons, low-income children often start school far behind their middle- and upper-income peers. They know fewer words, are exposed to fewer books and are less prepared for the demands of a structured school day.

This achievement gap can narrow once children start school, but it often grows over the summer – when some children continue reading and learning while others don’t. By addressing summer learning loss with community programs for children and their families, we can close this gap.

For more about the summer learning gap and its long-term impact on children, watch this video on The Statisticks Lottery.

For additional resources, check out the Palm Beach County School District’s Summer Reading site.

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