Summer Learning Loss
There is a solid and growing body of research suggesting that one of the main culprits responsible for the persistent underperformance of under resourced children is summer break. The U.S. Department of Education, the Harvard Family Research Project, the National Institute on Out-of-School Time and the National Summer Learning Association are just a few of the organizations who have recently published research that supports the efficacy of quality enrichment programs like the ones Oasis offers. The research suggests that children of all income levels progress at about the same pace during the nine months that school is in session, but that under-resourced children fall behind during the summer - by as much as three months of grade-level proficiency - because they are less likely to be engaged in stimulating activities that exercise their cognitive skills and help retain information they have learned in the classroom.
For more information on Summer Learning Loss, visit the National Summer Learning Association at www.summerlearning.org.