While children enjoy summer fun during summer break, they are also at risk of losing significant learning gains made during the schoolyear, especially if they are low-income or otherwise considered at-risk. According to the National Summer Learning Association, low-income children are disproportionately at risk of losing valuable gains they have made in school during the summer months, when they are less likely to have access to a variety of reading materials. The Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) combats the summer slide learning loss with its biggest program, Summer Readers!
CLiF brings professional storytellers, authors, and illustrators to programs serving low-income, at-risk, and rural kids in New Hampshire and Vermont during the summer. In addition to fun storytelling that gets kids excited about reading and writing, all kids attending CLiF’s Summer Readers events get to choose two brand-new books to keep. CLiF visits just about anywhere low-income and at-risk kids spend time in the summer, from camps and recreation programs to meal sites and homeless shelters, summer schools to public pools. Last summer, CLiF visited 127 program sites, gave 155 presentations, and served more than 9,000 children! This year, the organization aims to reach even more kids.
Amy Laro of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua, a 2017 partner, said, “It benefited the kids in a way that encourages them to read more. By choosing books that they like makes it more likely that they will read during the summer months and help eliminate some of the summer learning loss.”
Applications for CLiF’s Summer Readers program are available now through May 15 at www.clifonline.org. Early applications are encouraged.
About the Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF)
CLiF is a non-profit organization whose mission is to nurture a love of reading and writing among low-income, at-risk, and rural children up to age 12 throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. Since 1998, CLiF has supported and inspired nearly 225,000 young readers and writers through six literacy program grants and has given away almost $6 million in new, high-quality children’s books. For more information about CLiF, visit www.clifonline.org.