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Getting Kids to Read Over the Summer Takes a Village

Kids on lawn reading Harry Potter

What adults might not remember about the long, carefree summer days of youth is how much they forgot between June and September. In fact, the typical child experiences a three-month loss in reading achievement known as the “summer slide.”

Philadelphia Foundation LogoOn July 21st, Philadelphia-area children’s advocates, organizers, and nonprofits gathered at the Philadelphia Foundation for a conversation on how to promote childhood literacy by working collaboratively.

The prospect of using summer as an opportunity to hone literacy skills might induce groans from most kids, but solutions to the “summer slide” can actually be entertaining. Read more

Strong Demand for Summer Camp Despite Rising Prices

These days deciding where to send your child for summer camp can give parents almost as much anguish as the all-important choice of college.

Is computer camp an investment in future success? Will a summer spent away from home offer enough benefits, like team-building and self-reliance, to justify the price tag? These are questions parents from diverse financial backgrounds are asking as they consider their children’s options for fun, friendship, and learning.

The practice of sending kids away from home to experience the joys of fresh air, starry skies, and activities beyond the routine wasn’t always egalitarian. In fact, the first official summer camp for children began in the 1880s specifically to address the effects of upper-class privilege. Read more

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