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". 

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". 


How do we address the summer slide?  

 

The work of UWGLV Summer Learning Coalition:

  • Increases the number of summer opportunities available across the Lehigh Valley, especially for low income children
  • Increases the quality of all summer opportunities to ensure they are rigorous and address language and literacy skills.
  • Organizes information about summer learning opportunities so families are more aware of the resources available 
  • Funds summer learning programming in partnership with school districts