Summer creates heightened stress and uncertainty for many families. Without the resources and stability the school year provides, many are faced with food instability compounded by a lack of affordable activities for kids, and potential learning loss over the summer.
Research shows that students lose ground academically when they are out of school during the summer — a phenomenon known as ”the summer slide.”
The effects of summer learning loss are cumulative. Low-income students can fall behind their peers up to 2.5 to 3 years by fifth grade. Thus, widening the achievement gap and increasing the likelihood that these children will drop out of high school.