Summer learning and enrichment opportunities are more important than ever in 2021. Across Vermont, summer programs are adapting and innovating to ensure children and their families can access quality summer learning opportunities and critical supports and services as part of Vermont’s recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic.
In recognition of these programs, Vermont Afterschool joins the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) in celebrating National Summer Learning Week (July 12-16, 2021). The goal of the week is to call out the importance of high-quality summer experiences that are happening for Vermont youth of all ages.
“While schools have been focused on continuity of learning, we have a whole field of youth workers specializing in positive youth development who are well-positioned to focus on social emotional needs, connectedness, peer relationships, and more this summer,” stated Vermont Afterschool Executive Director Holly Morehouse. “Summer learning programs, camps, and enrichment opportunities deserve our respect and appreciation by providing for a place for healing, health, and happiness with safety in mind.”
Summer programs are an important part of a young person’s life, as well as a crucial support system for working families. Summer learning programs are proven to maintain and advance students’ academic and social/emotional growth, keep children safe and healthy during the summer, and send young people back to school ready to learn.
“Summer programs provide a unique space in education to pilot, partner, and close our nation’s educational and opportunity gaps,” said Aaron Philip Dworkin, NSLA CEO. “By coming together as a national community, dedicated to the future success of our youth, we can ensure all kids in America, regardless of zip code and socioeconomic status, receive the opportunity to keep learning and growing all summer and all year long.”
NSLA’s website supports the promotion of National Summer Learning Week with an events tracker, and robust resources for families, summer programs providers, and municipal leaders – all to help keep kids healthy and engaged during the summer break. www.summerlearning.org/summer-learning-week/
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About Vermont Afterschool:
Vermont Afterschool is a statewide nonprofit whose mission is to support organizations in providing quality afterschool, summer, and expanded learning experiences so that Vermont’s children and youth have the opportunities, skills, and resources they need to become healthy, productive members of society. www.vermontafterschool.org
About National Summer Learning Association:
The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) is the only national nonprofit exclusively focused on closing the achievement gap by increasing access to high-quality summer learning opportunities. NSLA recognizes and disseminates what works in summer learning, develops and delivers capacity-building offerings and convenes and empowers key actors to embrace summer learning as a solution for equity and excellence in education. www.summerlearning.org.