What happens to a child’s reading skills over the summer months?
When school lets out for the summer, new challenges emerge for many children living in poverty. In addition to limitations on free or reduced breakfast and lunch, many children do not have access to learning opportunities that help them continue to build their reading skills. Children who do not participate in learning programs or enrichment opportunities such as field trips, camps, etc. over the summer can lose between two to three months of reading skills. This is called the "summer slide".