April 6, 2022
Issue No. 45
Getting Your Program Ready and Discovered for Summer 2022!

Dear Summer Learning Community,

Thank you to the 900+ leaders who supported and attended the National Summer Learning Association's (NSLA) Summer Planning Bootcamp. This year's virtual event attracted all those who care deeply about expanding access to quality summer programs for all kids. If you were unable to attend, please click on the links in our newsletter sections below to access our recorded webinars.

We are also deeply grateful to U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona for kicking off the event, and for raising awareness of our new online parent resource, "Summer learning programs have always been important for our students, but over the past two years, they've become essential," Secretary Cardona said. "I'm grateful to the NSLA and its partners for providing as a great resource for families to navigate their options."

With, your organization can make it easier for families to discover the joy and rich array of summer learning, spanning academics, enrichment, arts, STEM, mentorship, sports, and wellness. The NSLA will be promoting this website through a national media campaign to keep kids engaged this summer.

In partnership,

The NSLA Team
The Impact of COVID-19: What We Know About Young People Today
Recruitment, Retention, and Relationships
Engaging and Important Content:
Incorporating Innovative Health, Fitness, Arts, and Academic Learning in Summer Learning
Investment of a Generation: Accessing and Leveraging Funding and Partnerships
News You Can Use
2022 Caregiver Report Finds Summer Programs Promote Social and Emotional Growth and School Preparedness
One of the most important choices every family makes is, “What should our child(ren) do this summer?” Building Resilience in Youth Through Summer Experiences: Structured Programs Promote Social and Emotional Growth and School Preparedness features key results of a national study of K-12 parents, which aimed to understand two kinds of summer experiences—structured and unstructured.
Commissioned by NSLA, and authored by Patricia J. Allen PhD and Gil Noam EdD, this report explores what children do under each scenario, and what children learn—socially, emotionally, academically, recreationally—from those activities in preparation for the return to school, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Unlocking the "How": Designing Family Engagement Strategies that Lead to School Success
After two years of pandemic schooling, many schools and districts are seeking to improve their family engagement practice. This report offers a set of concrete recommendations for building a comprehensive strategy that directly impacts student learning and well-being. It is rooted in six years of Learning Heroes surveys with parents and educators, as well as well-established research codified in the Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships (Version 2), and lessons from the pandemic on how to elevate family engagement as an equity imperative. Examples of strong practice from schools and districts across the country bring the recommendations to life.
Afterschool in the Time of Covid Survey
As we move closer to recovery from the pandemic, it is important for funders, policy makers, education leaders, and the overall public to understand the supports afterschool and summer learning programs are currently providing, the challenges they face, and what their needs are to better help their children and families.

To help make that possible, Edge Research is conducting a survey on behalf of the Afterschool Alliance to monitor the situation and help provide solutions. The survey, which is focused specifically on the ways in which the pandemic has or has not affected your winter/spring programming, should take approximately 10 minutes of your time and your responses will be anonymous. Everyone who completes the full survey will be entered into a drawing where 50 respondents will receive a $50 gift card.

NSLA Summer Scenes
NSLA Resources and Upcoming Events
Please save the dates and be on the lookout for more info. on these events:

For more program, policy, and funding resources, events and opportunities, join our summer learning community by clicking the button below.