The Need for Expanded and Enhanced Summer Learning Opportunities in New York State

New York State Afterschool Network

The New York State Afterschool Network (NYSAN) stresses the importance
of summer learning programs through this list of innovative programs and a set of recommendations for expanding youth summer learning opportunities.

In order to prevent the summer months from becoming a period of slowed development for at-risk youth, the NYSAN begins its report by citing research that blames the achievement gap between low- and middleincome
youths primarily on the lack of summer learning opportunities for low-income elementary school students. The report lists seven New York organizations involved in expanding such opportunities, including the city’s Department of Youth and Community Development, which requires out-of-school-time programs to operate year-round.

The report concludes with a set of policies and practices for summer learning programs. Free, four pages. (646) 943-8670,


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