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Three new Research in Briefs on Summer Learning


NSLA promotes and advocates for sound public policy at the federal, state, and local levels to improve conditions for summer learning. Meaningful change comes from five key policy priorities.

Join us!
Become a member of the National Summer Learning Coalition! More than 50 organizations have joined the Coalition to urge federal policymakers to take the lead in ensuring that every child in the U.S. is safe, healthy, and engaged in learning during the summer. Read the founding document and the latest list of members here.

Federal policy
As the national leader on summer learning and its role in education reform, NSLA is deeply interested in current discussions around federal policy issues including:

State policy
NSLA actively tracks state policy related to summer learning throughout the year, and participates in state-level conversations to advise policymakers on summer learning policy. Click here to read NSLA's 2015 State of Summer Learning Policy Snapshot.

State data on federal funding programs that support summer learning can be found here.

Making the case for summer learning
Until recently, the summer months have largely been ignored by education policymakers as a way to close the achievement gap and support youth development. Yet an abundance of
research dating back 100 years highlights the need for and benefits of summer learning.

Research shows that summer learning programs can have a profound impact on:

  • Closing the academic achievement gap
  • Promoting student health and wellness
  • Fostering innovation, creativity, and a love of learning

The National Summer Learning Association is committed to ensuring that youth in high-poverty communities have access to high-quality summer learning programs. We work directly with policymakers and key stakeholders to make investment in summer learning a national, state and local priority.

For more information, contact Rachel Gwaltney, Director of Policy and Partnerships at or (410) 856-1370 x107.

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