Summer Learning and Enrichment: Tips for School-Age Care Providers

Summer is a time for sun and fun, but children’s learning is too important to take a vacation! Many school-aged children lose up to three months of grade-level equivalency in math and reading skills over the summer months. This phenomenon is known as the summer slide. Summertime child care providers can help school-age children and their families make the most of the summer months and avoid the summer slide.

NCASE has created a tipsheet, Summer Learning and Enrichment: Tips for School-Age Care Providers, to share ideas with child care providers of things to think about before, during, and at the end of summer.  Specific suggestions involve creating a plan for the summer months, building a relationship with families, engaging children in activities to help prevent the summer slide, and keeping children healthy and active during the summer months.  Summertime child care providers can help children have a fun, healthy, and enriching summer!

A companion tipsheet is also available from NCASE: Summer Learning Fun! Tips for Parents/Caregivers. This tipsheet provides concrete ideas for parents and caregivers around how to engage their children in fun, meaningful learning activities throughout the summer.  Summertime child care providers can share this tipsheet with families to further support summer learning and enrichment experiences for the children they serve.

This document is also available in Spanish.

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