For many of us, summer offers a welcome change of pace – the days are longer, we spend more time outside, and things seems just a little bit less hectic. It’s one of the many reasons I enjoy working on a college campus; although our schedule remains consistent throughout the summer, our environment shifts just enough to pleasantly mark the changing of the seasons.
While the summer brings much enjoyment, it also presents some distinct challenges for educators, children, and parents. We’ve long heard of the “summer slump” – the phenomenon where young people lose academic skills over the summer. This learning loss is most pronounced in lower income youth, and is one of the most significant causes of the achievement gap between higher and lower income students. Unfortunately, this disparity in summer educational opportunity has been shown to have a lasting impact.
For years, PBS has been at the forefront of combatting the summer slump – providing resources for parents, tools for caregivers, and activities for children. There is no easy answer to this challenge, but PBS aims to ensure that all parents and caregivers – regardless of their financial means – have access to information and resources that can help them address and counter this concerning problem. To learn more about the resources available, visit www.pbs.org/parents.
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