Time Well Spent

The available research and the experiences of communities throughout California suggest a set of strategic elements that school districts can use to leverage expanded learning time programs and resources in support of student learning. These strategies are like gears in a clock. You can arrange them in different ways to fit within an existing structure, but they must all be aligned in order for an expanded learning partnership to run like clockwork.

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The Cost of Summer

Summer can be a costly time for low-income families. According to Jennifer Peck, Executive Director of the Partnership for Children and Youth, “While middle-income children retain knowledge or, in many cases, make gains over the summer, low-income children fall behind.” Summer learning programs are a cost effective way to prevent summer learning loss and close the opportunity gap. In order to better understand the cost of such investments, Summer Matters conducted a small survey of partner organizations offering high quality summer learning opportunities in California.

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