Creative collaboratives help curb the learning loss many students experience during the out-of-school months.

Summer Learning

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 prevent 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 more than 3,000 students engaged in learning last summer.

United Way M.A.T.H. (Mastering Algebra Together Houston), a partnership with ConocoPhillips, continues to help students build algebra skills outside of the classroom through M.A.T.H. Camp and M.A.T.H. in a Flash. This past summer, we partnered with Alief and Houston Independent School Districts as well as nonprofit out-of-school partners to bring United Way M.A.T.H. Camps to more than 500 students, helping them sharpen their skills and stemming the learning loss many students experience while out of school.

In partnership with ConocoPhillips and Houston Public Media, we continued United Way M.A.T.H. in a Flash, a series of animated math problems that air during PBS Kids programs and help children solve problems and learn about multiplication, fractions, graphing, angles, and shapes. M.A.T.H. in a Flash segments have reached an audience of more than 14 million viewers.

Out 2 Learn is a partnership between United Way of Greater Houston, Houston Endowment, the City of Houston, and the Harris County Department of Education’s CASE for Kids, committed to improving the quality of and expanding access to out-of-school programs in our community. As the backbone of Out 2 Learn, United Way invested in out-of-school programs in six underserved communities this past year, serving 1,564 children and 660 parents.

We trained providers of more than 300 after-school programs in Youth Program Quality Intervention, a tool to help organizations focus on and improve the quality of programs they provide for youth. 

Want to make sure kids keep learning over the summer?