#SummerLearningWeek is July 12-16, 2021

Summer may look different this year, but summer isn’t canceled. Even if we can’t all be together, summer programs are adapting and innovating to ensure children and their families can access quality summer learning opportunities and critical supports and services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Families also are coming up with innovative ways to incorporate learning with summer fun.

National Summer Learning Week is a celebration dedicated to elevating the importance of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer, ensuring they return to school ready to succeed in the year. This year, we’re bringing back themes you can use to highlight activities during the celebration. Some suggested themes are: Dive into a Book Adventure, Discover STEM and Soar, Eat Healthy and Grow Strong to Win at Wellness, Celebrate the Future Leaders of Tomorrow, and Make a Masterpiece.

Themes and Resources

The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) has transformed our annual national awareness day for summer learning into a week-long celebration through five unique themes! We encourage you to participate by visiting a summer learning event or program with your children. Scroll down to see the themes and join us on social media with #SummerLearningWeek.

Kick-Off Summer Learning Week

Share Your Summer Learning Story! What inspires you about summer? Everyone has a summer story to share. Whether it’s a memory from your own childhood, progress in your community around summer learning, or an amazing moment from your summer program, we want to know!

Dive into a Book Adventure

Who doesn’t love a good tale? Dive into a literary adventure under a tree, in makeshift tent, during family reading night, or with a story or play you and your child create together. Let imaginations run wild with amazing stories this summer!

Discover STEM and Soar

Turn science-fiction into reality, through exploration in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and open up possibilities for all young people to soar this summer.

Eat Healthy and Grow Strong to Win at Wellness

Healthy bodies and healthy minds go hand-in-hand in stemming summer learning loss. Summer is the perfect time to get on our feet and get moving. And since hunger doesn’t take a vacation, be sure to check out free summer meal programs.

Celebrate the Future Leaders of Tomorrow

Ready, Set, Succeed! Support a student in charting their course for success during and beyond high school. A summer job, internship, mentorship, or plan to pursue higher education sets our future leaders on a path to change the world.

Make a Masterpiece

Research confirms that the arts prepare students for school, life, and work. Summer is a blank canvas for creativity and self-expression through music, literature, dance, theater, visual arts, and so much more. Spark the imagination and a muse that delights the spirit of child.