This week is National Summer Learning Week, a celebration dedicated to elevating the importance of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer, ensuring they return to school in the fall ready to succeed.
This summer learning loss, more commonly known as the “summer slide,” is when kids of all ages can forget important knowledge or skills and must relearn them when they return to school in the fall. In fact, studies show that most low-income youth lose about two months of grade-level equivalency in mathematical computation and reading skills over the summer months.
- Christopher House is a family of schools that helps low-income families succeed in school, the workplace, and life. Their Uptown location (4701 N. Winthrop) offers a full-day After School program based on experiential learning, community service and leadership development.
The After School program also exposes them to the benefits of service learning and the importance of civic responsibility on both a local and global level. The youth themselves determine an area of need they wish to focus their efforts on, then plan and execute an effort to help others in need throughout the summer.
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago are known for providing a safe, social environment for out-of-school time, but they also offer a wide range of enrichment programs throughout the year.
We are so lucky to have programs that are affordable to all, and offer programming to children from infancy (six weeks old) through the teen years, right here.
- For more information about Christopher House and its unique approach to closing the opportunity gap, visit www.christopherhouse.org.
- To learn more about Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago’s programs to help all young people reach their full potential, visit www.bgcc.org.
Photos of Summer Camp are courtesy of Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago