Summer Learning Loss Prevention

The YMCA Summer Learning Loss program offers summer reading and enrichment for children from low income environments entering 1st through 5th grades. The goal of this effort is to mitigate summer learning loss.


Statistics show that a large number of children from low-income environments reach kindergarten unprepared and that they continue to fall behind in school without proper interventions.  That “gap” is known as the Achievement Gap.  The Y-USA, a longtime leader in youth development, is working to improve the educational readiness, engagement and outcomes for the country’s children, in partnership with schools and families, with the objective of substantially increasing their capacity to support the cognitive, physical, and social-emotional development of low-income children.

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Overall Program Design

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The overall local program design includes:

  • Evansville YMCA establishing the program through partnership agreements with EVSC (Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation)
  • Operating in Title I schools or with under-served student populations, at least 4 days per week, for 6 consecutive weeks
  • Serving 16 students (reading below grade level) per grade at each school location
  • Designing lesson plans based on the Four Blocks multilevel literacy framework
  • A minimum dosage of the following enrichment components:
    • Physical Activity (1 hour per day)
    • Art/Music (2 hours per week)
    • Character Development (1 hour per week)
    • Nutrition Education (1 hour per week)
    • Field Trips (1 trip per week)
    • Maintaining a minimum 1:8 staff to student ratio for all program activities
    • Parent/Caregiver orientation, workshop and pledge to promote reading at home

I believe the push for reading increased his comprehension & love for reading. I would like to commend the staff for taking the time to work with the children individually. It allowed them to understand my son more and therefore created an environment for success.
— Parent of program participant