Summer Learning Loss: How Can It Be Reduced?

Thursday, February 4, 2010 -
7:30am to 11:00am EST
Philanthropy New York, 79 Fifth Ave., 4th floor, NYC
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A Philanthropy New York Members Briefing presented by the Altman Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, and The New York Community Trust, with the New York City Youth Funders Network.

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.



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