We found creative ways to curb the learning loss many students experience during the out-of-school months and to help ensure their success in the classroom when the new school year starts.
During summer vacation, many students lose some of the academic skills they learned in the previous school year. Research shows that students from lower-income neighborhoods experience the greatest decline when they re-enter the classroom in the fall. United Way invests in collaborative projects that focus on preventing summer learning loss by engaging students in activities that reinforce academic skills during the out-of-school months.
Through book clubs, kindergarten prep camps and STEM activities, we kept nearly 3,000 students engaged in learning last summer.
100 summer book clubs kept more than 900 students engaged in reading.
Students in the Summer of Learning project spent the summer doing hands-on math and science activities, which increased their STEM knowledge by 13%, while the control group declined by 8%.
Children attending Kindergarten Prep Camp improved key knowledge and skills by 17% after the five week program, preparing them to start elementary school.
Three academic bridge programs helped 230 incoming college freshmen who come from economically-disadvantaged families, prepare to start, and succeed in, college.