Without support, research shows that children from low-income families lose more than two months of reading achievement every summer, compared to their more affluent peers.*
The LA’s BEST Summer Learning Program keeps kids engaged and active while school is out, helping to prevent summer learning loss. For six weeks during summer, five hours a day, Monday through Friday, children are engaged in experiential learning opportunities around language arts, sports, student wellness and lots of fun – at no cost to parents.
Students in the LA’s BEST Summer Learning Program maintain and/or gain up to one-third of a grade level in English language vocabulary skills.
English Language Learners in the LA’s BEST Summer Learning Program demonstrate statistically significant gains in their grade-level vocabulary skills in English.**
Physical activity, organized sports, healthy eating habits and new friends.
The risk of significant and unhealthy weight gain during the summer months is greater for lower-income youth who often don’t get to participate in the range of summer activities more affluent children typically enjoy.*** In response, LA’s BEST Summer Program incorporates physical activity, organized sports and focuses on healthy eating habits.
LA’s BEST summer program also gives students access to resources and experiences outside their immediate surroundings, including visits to museums and parks, where children take part in engaging, hands-on activities that cultivate learning.
In 2017, Mayor Eric Garcetti increased our funding levels to expand our Summer Learning Program to reach an additional 1,200 students. In 2018, with Mayor Garcetti’s continued support, over 7,000 students will participate in LA’s BEST Summer Learning Program, and with additional funding, we hope to enroll more children every year.
* National Summer Learning Association. Summer Can Set Kids On the Right – or Wrong – Path, 2016
** Public Profit. Summer Matters 2012 Program Evaluation.
*** National Summer Learning Association. Summertime and Weight Gain, 2016.