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Summer Learning Day



Summer time is often a fun time for many of us, but for more than 25 million low-income public school students in America, summer is often anything but a vacation. Instead of a relaxing break to explore new interests and places, it’s often a time when children, youth and families struggle to find and afford food to eat and a safe place to be.

Summer learning loss, also known as the "summer slide," is the phenomenon where young people lose academic skills over the summer and is one of the most significant causes of the achievement gap and one of the strongest contributors to the high school dropout rate. This also effects future employment, college and career success.

  • Research shows that while gaps in student achievement remain relatively constant during the school year, the gaps widen significantly during the summer.
  • Low income youth lose access to healthy meals over the summer. Six out of every seven students who receive free and reduced price lunches lose access to them when school lets out.

Help stop the "summer slide" by taking advantage of free, local programs in our community and share this information with other families who could benefit.

Summer Feeding Programs: The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. This summer, USDA plans to serve more than 200 million free meals to children 18 years and under at approved SFSP sites. Click here to find summer meals in your community.

Local Libraries: Most public libraries offer free summer reading programs and other educational programs. Contact your local library today to get a current schedule of events.

  • Hardin County Public Library: Click here for more information.
  • Breckindridge County Public Library: Click here for more information.
  • Grayson County Public Library : Click here for more information.
  • Larue County Public Library: Click here for more information.
  • Meade County Public Library: Click here for more information.

Meade Activity Center: United Way of Central Kentucky is proud to sponsor youth programs and summer camp at the Meade Activity Center. These programs do have a fee but financial assistance may be available. Click here to learn more.