The Alaska Afterschool Network is committed to expanding summer learning opportunities for children and youth throughout Alaska. Research shows that summers without quality learning opportunities put Alaskan youth at risk for falling behind – year after year – in core subjects like math and reading. Students can lose up to two months’ worth of learning from the previous school year when their minds aren’t engaged during the summer vacation. Low-income students are especially vulnerable to summer learning loss due to lack of engagement in high-quality summer learning programs. The math and reading skills low-income students lose each summer are cumulative and contribute significantly to the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income kids.
In Alaska, 34% of families say at least one child attended a summer program in 2013. However, the demand for summer programs exceeds the current rate of participation, with 55% of Alaska families reporting that they would like their children to participate. Get more information about Summer Learning Programs in Alaska from the America After 3pm Survey.
The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) is dedicated to helping communities, cities, and states build capacity and expand access to youth enrichment when school lets out. Share information At a Glance about Why Summers Matter.
To create great awareness of the importance of summer learning, the Alaska Afterschool Network has launched the #AKSummerLearning social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter. #AKSummerLearning encourages Alaska families to keep their children active and learning during summer vacation to prevent summer learning loss. Posts and tweets will provide families with a summer worth of tips, ideas, and activities to keep kids learning.