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The National Summer Learning Association began as the National
Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University--but the story
really goes back to 1992, when Johns Hopkins’ student Matthew Boulay
recruited his fellow undergraduates to provide tutoring and academic
support to Baltimore City public schools students during the summer
months. Boulay’s summer project grew into a successful summer program
called Teach Baltimore that helped boost students’ reading scores.
the same time, mounting research documented "summer slide,” a
cumulative loss of academic skills over the summer months that
disproportionately affects low-income students, contributing to high
drop-out rates and a persistent academic achievement gap between richer
and poorer students. As a result, the need emerged for a national
organization devoted to making summer learning available to all
children, but especially those children trapped in poverty without
access to high quality summer learning resources, such as lessons,
summer camps, educational vacations, and other enrichment opportunities.
2001, to meet that now-obvious need, Teach Baltimore evolved into the
Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University and, in
September 2009, the Center became an independent organization, the
National Summer Learning Association, providing resources, guidance and
expertise to the summer learning community.