Summer is not canceled this year, and summer learning opportunities are more important than ever in 2020. Across Vermont, summer programs are adapting and innovating to ensure children and their families can access quality summer learning opportunities and critical supports and services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
In recognition of these programs, Vermont Afterschool joins the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) in celebrating National Summer Learning Week (July 6-11, 2020). The goal of the week is to call out the importance of high-quality summer experiences that are happening both in-person and virtually for Vermont youth of all ages.
“While schools have been focused on continuity of learning, we have a whole field of youth workers specializing in positive youth development who are well-positioned to focus on social emotional needs, connectedness, peer relationships, and more this summer,” stated Vermont Afterschool Executive Director Holly Morehouse. “Summer learning programs, camps, and enrichment opportunities deserve our respect and appreciation by providing for a place for healing, health, and happiness with safety in mind.”
Vermont summer programs are currently operating under health and safety guidance from the Vermont Department of Health and are working hard to deliver enriching activities, access to healthy food, and opportunities for learning while adhering to the recommendations.
“Summer programs provide a unique space in education to pilot, partner, and close our nation’s educational and opportunity gaps,” said Aaron Philip Dworkin, NSLA CEO. “By coming together as a national community, dedicated to the future success of our youth, we can ensure all kids in America, regardless of zip code and socioeconomic status, receive the opportunity to keep learning and growing all summer and all year long.”
NSLA’s website supports the promotion of National Summer Learning Week with an events tracker, and robust resources for families, summer programs providers, and municipal leaders – all to help keep kids healthy and engaged during the summer break.