Creating a Quality Summer Program

On-Site Training Module

During this training, participants will learn about elements of high-quality summer programs and effective tools to guide programs in their ongoing development of quality programming.

In this training, participants will: 

  • Understand the impact of summer learning loss on children and youth
  • Be introduced to standards of quality summer programming
  • Learn about two assessment tools to guide their program quality improvement

Content Overview:

Why Summer Matters

Participants will be introduced to the main categories of research that help make the case for why summer matters to children and youth, along with the elements of high-quality summer programming.

Privilege Walk

Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the negative effect of summer learning loss on low-income children and youth through an experiential, physical demonstration and reflection.

Quality Improvement Cycle

Participants will learn about the Quality Improvement Cycle and how their program can engage in this continuous process of development.

Creating Unique Program Culture

Participants will describe and demonstrate quality practices of summer programming. This will increase their buy-in and ownership of developing their program, while brainstorming ways to build strong relationships among children, youth, and staff.

Training Length: 2 hours


eLearning Module

Summer months bring unique opportunities for learning outside the traditional school year and walls. High quality summer learning programs change students’ lives for the better with an opportunity to improve their academic achievement and readiness to learn. Developing quality programs requires intentional, ongoing development.

In this module, participants will learn about elements of high-quality summer programs and effective tools to guide programs in their ongoing development of quality programming.

By the end of this module, participants will:

  • Understand the impact of summer learning loss on children and youth.
  • Be introduced to elements of quality summer programming.
  • Identify strategies and ideas to create unique summer program culture.