It’s a hot July day in Baltimore. School has been out for a few weeks now, and the first day of the new school year is still eight weeks away. That’s a recipe for summer learning loss.
Sometimes referred to as summer setback, or summer slide, the ground that children lose each summer can have lasting effects — particularly on children in lower income groups.
Studies show that children who are engaged in high-quality summer learning beginning in pre-kindergarten are prepared to be on grade level for reading by third grade. This solid early childhood preparation results in higher graduation rates up to four times that of their peers.
To help curb summer learning loss, SVDP gives a backpack full of books, pencils, craft items and workbooks to all of our Head Start students headed to kindergarten. The goal is to provide materials to help keep the young students' minds engaged during the summer months and generate excitement and enthusiasm for starting school ready to learn in the fall.