This week we are featuring the timely message heralded by the National Summer Learning Association: When the school doors close for the summer, too many children lack access to quality educational and developmental opportunities as well as basic needs like healthy meals and safe places to be with adult supervision.
NSLA strives to connect and equip out-of-school time providers, like schools and community organizations, to deliver high quality summer learning programs to all of America's youth. The NSLA mission is complementary to the mission of the Coalition, and it is especially important this time of year-- In just a few short weeks, schools will let out for summer, and children will have hundreds of hours of free time lavished upon them. This time lends an exceptional opportunity for kids to explore and discover freely in informal learning environments.
We are working to get the message out about the importance of summer learning opportunities and make them accessible to more of the nation's youth. As part of the Connect a Million Minds initiative, the Coalition maintains the National After School Science Directory to help kids and families identify high quality science learning out-of-school time.
Help us by updating your organization's listings: directory.scienceafterschool.org
Also, locate opportunities for afterschool (and summer) science in your area: http://afterschoolscience.org/directory/