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In this policy brief—the third in our series with the National Conference of State Legislatures—we explore four benefits of year-round learning. In particular, continuity in learning opportunities across time and settings allows:

  • Shared resources among educational partners,
  • Family and youth engagement in learning,
  • Prevention of summer learning loss, and
  • Coordinated systems to track and use data.

This brief provides examples of year-round learning programs. It also provides recommendations for policymakers who want to increase youth engagement in learning. Specifically, policymakers can look for opportunities to:

  • Support flexible funding initiatives to cover year-round learning strategies as a whole, rather than funding them individually.
  • Combine state money with funds from various other sources, which can help maximize use of public money for youth programs.
  • Consider policies that encourage schools and parents to work with summer and afterschool programs to tailor programming to youth's interests and needs.
  • Take into account the impact of summer learning loss on the achievement gap and the role summer programs can play in minimizing that loss.
  • Find ways that schools, parents, agencies, and community partners can share student information in a secure manner.

Go to Year-Round Learning: Continuity in Education Across Settings and Time Through Expanded Learning Opportunities.

Learn more about our series on expanded learning opportunities.

© 2014 Presidents and Fellows of Harvard College
Published by Harvard Family Research Project