In 2011, a study from the American Educational Research Association found that a student who can’t read at grade level by 3rd grade is four times less likely to graduate by age 19 than a child who does read proficiently by that time. When the student is low-income and reading below grade level in 3rd grade, they are 13 times less likely to graduate on time than his or her proficient, wealthier peer. During the summer, low-income students can lose months of reading skills and when they return to school they inevitably fall further and further behind.
The Y Is Combating Summer Learning Loss
In collaboration with Xavier School of Excellence, the YMCA of Michiana’s Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program offers summer reading and enrichment for first- and second-grade children from low-income environments who are reading below grade level. Children enrolled in the program improve their literacy skills and gain the traction they need to catch up to their peers and perform well for the rest of their academic career. We combine the academics of summer school with the fun of summer camp to help each child reach his or her full potential and discover the joy of learning.
How We Measure Success
Program success benchmarks include pre- and post-testing against academic standards for reading in first and second grade based on the Indiana Academic Standards. In addition, a parent / caregiver satisfaction survey will b administered to measure the program’s impact on reading at home, the child’s confidence and the caregiver’s engagement in the child’s learning process.