How to Avoid Summer Learning Loss

With the school year nearing an end, we are gearing up to keep kids – and their minds – engaged and active over the summer. Summer learning loss, the “summer slide,” whatever you want to call it, it’s a very real problem with America’s youth today. Consider these facts from the National Summer Learning Association:

  • 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.
  • Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months. Low-income students also lose more than two months in reading achievement.
  • Children lose more than academic knowledge over the summer. Most children—particularly children at high risk of obesity—gain weight more rapidly when they are out of school during summer break.

Our Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs are at the forefront of making out-of-school time fun and productive for young people, so they don't fall behind academically (or physically). From the arts to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), project-based summer learning programs at Boys & Girls Clubs help prevent summer learning loss, which can put youth at a disadvantage when school resumes.

The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte provide a fun, safe, and educational summer long program for school-age children. Programs include arts & crafts, sports, field trips and plenty of outdoor play!

The cost for the summer program is $55 weekly. There is also a $10 registration fee and $5 membership fee for new members. We have summer programs for all school ages, including teens. Learn more about the summer programs at the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs and fill out an application today!

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