December 20, 2021
Issue No. 41
Photo credit: 2021 Excellence in Summer Learning Award-Winning Programs (details)
From our NSLA family to yours, we hope you have a wonderful, relaxing holiday and wanted to share our last newsletter and updates from a historic 2021.

NSLA partnered with the the Institute for the Study of Resilience in Youth (ISRY) at Harvard University’s McLean Hospital to conduct a national survey of 2,000 parents and caregivers whose children participated in programs last summer. Read about the survey results in our latest report, Building Resilience in Youth Through Summer Experiences: Structured Summer Programming Promotes Social-Emotional Growth and School Preparedness.
Summer Learning Leadership Development Opportunities
Putting people first is essential in shaping successful quality summer programs. NSLA is deeply invested in growing diverse and exceptional leaders in the field with four new professional development opportunities to support candidates nominated by NSLA’s past Summer Learning Award Winning program leaders and finalists:
$20,000 NSLA Summer Innovation Fellowship*
All-Expense-Paid Summer Internship for Current College Students*
Summer Leadership Training Institute (July 11-15)
Summer Learning Awards
(Deadline is January 7)
*Candidates must be nominated by an NSLA Summer Learning Award winner or program finalist.
Thank you for shining a spotlight on the power of summer in 2021! View your impact in NSLA’s Summer 2021 campaign recap: "Our Time To Shine," which elevated the essential role of summer in America’s recovery. From coast to coast:

  • #SummerLearningWeek reached 12.5 million accounts with 40.8 million impressions through 1,500 tweets in a span of just one week;

  • The launch of, NSLA’s new online destination, helped families discover high quality learning resources and affordable summer programs in their community;

  • NSLA’s national summer learning media campaign with iHeartMedia, featured a powerful PSA message by U.S. Secretary of Education, Dr. Miguel Cardona, which aired on more than 800 radio stations; Clear Channel Outdoor featured summer learning on more than 1,000 billboards across the nation;

  • Numerous state, local events, and proclamations with elected officials, programs and partners elevated the joy of summer learning.
Partner with the U.S Department of Education
The National Summer Learning Association was proud to join the U.S. Department of Education in its support of state education agencies, school districts and community organizations in navigating the impact of the pandemic on unfinished learning and students’ social-emotional well-being. As part of this initiative, the Department is continuing to help leaders leverage the historic federal funding as part of their Summer Learning and Enrichment Collaborative.
Help More Kids Discover the Joy of Summer Learning
During this holiday season, we hope you will consider making a donation to support the expanded work of NSLA. Donate today to ensure every child, regardless of background and zip code, has what they need to bounce back from the educational impact of Covid and learns and thrives every summer. When you give to NSLA, you help expand quality summer experiences (virtual or hybrid) for America’s most vulnerable students.
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