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Out of School Time

Too many children lose ground over the summer months. Without access to enriching activities available to more affluent peers, research shows that children from low-income families lose as much as three months of reading comprehension skills over the summer.

Starting Strong works to ensure all Portland children from PreK through third grade maintain or improve their reading level over the summer. We do this by focusing on three overarching strategies:

  • Support community-wide messaging to raise awareness about the importance of summer learning
  • Support and engage families in reading to and with children over the summer months
  • Support aligned programs that expand access to books and integrate literacy skills development

Research shows that while gaps in student achievement remain relatively constant during the school year, they widen significantly during the summer. Starting Strong promotes community-wide opportunities that encourage best practices for summer learning such as the National Summer Learning Day.