WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This session will be of interest to funders, professional advisors, and government representatives active in the fields of summer youth programming, after-school, out of school time (OST), expanded learning time (ELT), education, and youth development.
Effective summer programs can reduce summer learning loss among children – a leading cause of the achievement gap between low-income youth and more affluent students – but widespread improvement will require coordinated federal and state policies and continued attention to quality. These conclusions and recent research on key features in summer learning programs proven to be effective will the basis for a discussion featuring a presentation of research findings and respondents to provide non-profit and educational perspectives. In discussion, attendees will explore how funders can better coordinate and support access to high-quality summer learning programs in New York City.
- Mary Terzian, Ph.D., M.S.W., Interdisciplinary Research Scientist, Child Trends.
- Ron Fairchild, Founding CEO, National Summer Learning Association.