The summer learning gap affects low-income kids in three ways:
- Academically, at-risk kids tend to slide backwards during the summer, losing up to two or three months in reading skills. When the new year starts up again, they’re significantly behind their higher-income peers.
- Summer is a time when many kids learn to swim, but many low-income kids never get swimming lessons. Many of these children spend a lifetime frightened of the water, and some of them drown.
- In the summer, lots of kids are out playing sports and staying active, with nourishing meals at home. But low-income kids may have to stay indoors or have limited access to healthy foods. Instead of getting fit during the summer, they gain weight.
Horizons address all three elements of the summer learning gap. In our fun, five-week summer program, low-income kids actually gain 2-3 months in reading and math. They attend swimming classes at Butler University three times a week. And they receive breakfast, lunch, and snack; they learn about healthy eating and stay active during recess. They begin the next school year more prepared, more confident, and more enthusiastic about learning.