Community of Practice Opportunity: Summer Learning Planning and Implementation—Leveraging Summer as a Time for Opportunity

You can register for the Community of Practice by accessing this event registration webpage.

During the summer vacation, students experience a loss of academic skills and knowledge. This phenomenon, referred to as “summer learning loss” or “summer slide,“ is disproportionally experienced by students from lower-income households. Students from systemically underresourced communities can also face an opportunity gap; they are less likely to have access to the enriching, nonacademic experiences that students from higher-income communities can access. High-quality summer programs can be the great equalizer, as these programs support academic, social, and emotional learning and development in safe and supportive environments.

During the Community of Practice, participants will be provided with a forum to share strategies, promising practices, and innovations for implementing high-quality, engaging summer learning programs with their peers. Participants will also be able to explore resources and examples of successful policies and strategies that support equitable and engaging summer learning programs, with a focus on mental health and wellness, using the American Rescue Plan and other funding sources. Three 60-minute sessions will take place on the third Wednesday of the month at 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) in April, May, and June:

1. April 19: Supporting Staff To Support Youth
2. May 17: Maximizing Funds and Partnerships
3. June 21: Innovative Curriculum and Continuous Quality Improvement.

Who Should Attend
This Community of Practice is designed for state-, territory-, and Tribal-level professionals, including Child Care and Development Fund administrators; statewide afterschool network leads and National AfterSchool Association affiliate staff members; and 21st Century Community Learning Center leads.

Register today by accessing this Web link. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.


Office of Child Care
Administration for Children and Families

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Mary E. Switzer Building, Fourth Floor, MS 4425

330 C Street, S.W.
Washington, DC  20201
General office number: (202) 690-6782
Fax: (202) 690-5600
General email: [email protected]