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How Your Child Can Benefit From a Summer Reading Program

As a parent, you may well spend part of each spring making plans for your child’s summer activities. Summer is an excellent time for kids to take a breather from the classroom, but it’s by no means a time for them to stop learning and growing—or reading.

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No, your kids don't need to 'catch up' this summer

In an op-ed for San Francisco Chronicle, Steve Hagler discusses how parents should resist the pressure of feeling like their kids need to spend their summer months trying to "catch up".  Instead, Hagler, LearnUp's Executive Director, educated readers on why simply focusing on reading is the better alternative.

"As a former educator, I’m going to suggest something provocative; especially in the Bay Area culture of overachievement: Your kids don’t need to cram to get ‘caught up,’ over the summer. Instead, they simply need to read."

Hagler's oped was published in the San Francisco Chronicle on June 29, 2021. Click the link to read more.

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COVID Reading Slide

One analysis predicts an average of 2-4 months of reading loss can be expected for students who have less frequent interactions with their teachers. This is particularly true in historically under-resourced communities.

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