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How Did You Spend Your Summer Vacation? What Public Policies Do (and Don’t Do) to Support Summer Learning Opportunities for All Youth
By Ron Fairchild, Brenda McLaughlin, and Brendan P. Costigan
Despite robust research literature on the need for and benefits of summer learning programs, surprisingly few federal policies target summer specifically as a time to support healthy youth development and advance learning. Providing appropriate childcare and enriching activities during the summer has traditionally been viewed as the private responsibility of families. While this arrangement may be sufficient for wealthier children, who typically access a wide variety of resources that help them grow over the summer, poorer families often struggle to access such basic resources as healthy meals and safe, appropriate childcare. 25 pages.

Publication Date

Spring 2007


Social and Behavioral Sciences

Afterschool Matters Occasional Paper Spring 2007