Summer Matters

Summer Matters Campaign

Summer Matters is the first-ever statewide campaign focused on creating and expanding access to high quality summer learning opportunities for all California students. Chaired by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and co-chaired by Jennifer Peck, Executive Director of Partnership for Children & Youth, the Summer Matters campaign is raising awareness about the devastating effects of summer learning loss and the beneficial impact of summer learning programs.

 A diverse statewide coalition of educators, policymakers, advocates, school district leaders, mayors, parents and others working collaboratively to promote summer learning in California, Summer Matters is increasing the number of students served by summer learning programs and generating momentum and support for summer learning among education, elected, business, civic and philanthropic leaders across the state. Statewide coalition collaborators include California Schools Boards Association, California State PTA, California Library Association, California State Parks, Great Schools, and American Camp Association

The campaign includes coordinated policy and advocacy strategies designed to raise awareness about the value of summer learning programs and inspire high quality programming statewide. Summer Matters’ work is showcased in 13 summer learning communities: Concord, Gilroy, Glenn County, Fresno, Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Ana, and Whittier. Three of these summer learning programs are STEM education-focused. 

Summer Matters is an initiative of the Partnership for Children & Youth and its partners at The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the National Summer Learning Association, ASAPconnect, FowlerHoffman, Children Now and PR & Company. Our summer learning efforts are generously supported by funders including The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, the Noyce FoundationPG&E, and our inaugural business partner Give Something Back Office Supplies

Why Summer Matters
Learn more about why summer learning is essential to students’ K-12 success and the compelling research on summer learning loss and the negative health impacts on children who lack access to high quality summer learning opportunities.

Summer Matters Vision & Overview
Learn how Summer Matters’ is working to expand and replicate high quality summer learning programs across California. The driving vision of Summer Matters is that young people in California have access to high quality summer learning opportunities that support year-round learning and well-being. 

Six Elements of Great Summer Learning
Click here to read the six-point checklist to identify a high quality summer learning program. 

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What's Happening in California

California is leading the nation in summer learning innovation. Follow us on YouTube to learn how Summer Matters is building on California’s early success in summer learning to expand high quality summer learning opportunities for all students.

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