Summer Programs

Ja’Faith looks forward to attending SummerBoost Camp each day.

Ja’Faith looks forward to attending SummerBoost Camp each day.

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Keep children learning all year long

After a year of sitting in a classroom learning multiplication tables – in the summer, kids just want to run through the sprinkler and go to the park. But their growing minds are like a muscle – and if they don’t use it, they could lose it. Libraries offer summer reading lists to support literacy – and some schools even require summer reading reports – but what about other areas of learning like science, technology, engineering and math?

Save the Children is proud to offer our SummerBoost Camp, a full day of activities, learning, reading and skill building, geared to keep children on the road to success.

About SummerBoost Camp

Save the Children’s SummerBoost Camp provides children with a full day of activities that build skills, knowledge and behaviors that encourage success in school and healthy development. SummerBoost creates a camp-like culture that’s more relaxed than school – promoting a sense of community and camaraderie. Activities are a blend of academic and social elements, to keep kids engaged and learning.

Goals of SummerBoost include:

  • reducing summer learning loss in reading and math
  • providing opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating
  • focusing on the community /community involvement skills

SummerBoost Camp was named a 2017 New York Life Excellence in Summer Learning Award winner by the National Summer Learning Association.

New York Life Excellence in Summer Learning Award

Summer by the Numbers

  • Most students lose 2 months of mathematical skills every summer, and low-income children typically lose another 2 to 3 months in reading
  • Summer learning loss during elementary school accounts for 2/3 of the achievement gap in reading between low-income children and their middle-income peers by ninth grade
  • 9 in 10 teachers spend at least 3 weeks re-teaching lessons at the start of the school year
  • In 2014, only 1 in 6 kids eligible for the federal Summer Food Service Program received meals
  • Minority children gain weight 2x as fast during unstable months of the summer as during the school year

In addition to SummerBoost, Save the Children also offers these important programs in the U.S.:

KinderBoost – helps preschoolers familiarize themselves with their new school environment, make friends engage in activities and build confidence so they can start school on par with middle-income peers.

Early Steps to School Success – this home visiting program helps parents become their child’s first and best teacher by offering language development and pre-literacy for children up to age 5.

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