Building Quality in Summer Programs
This article recommends several action steps to help program operators access resources and achieve quality programming.
How to Make Summer Reading Effective
This brief provides research and tips that parents, educators and librarians can use to encourage students to read over the summer break.
How to Make the Most of Summer: What Parents Can Do to Keep Kids Sharp Over the Summer
This document can be printed and provided to parents to share ideas on how to keep kids sharp over the summer.
Ingredients of a Successful Summer Learning Program
This report summarizes results from a process study of a Bell Summer Learning Program.
Leading Summer Learning Programs: Tips to Recruit and Select Seasonal Staff
The National Center for Summer Learning interviewed outstanding summer programs to find out what they do to select quality staff for summer programs and this brochure provides information on online recruiting tools, interviewing, and determining wages.
Meaningful Linkages Between Summer Programs, Schools, and Community Partners: Conditions and Strategies for Success
This report examines what high quality summer learning programs with strong and meaningful school and community linkages looks like and it's outcomes.
Summer Bridge Programs
This policy brief focuses on one type of activity that is designed to help eigth-grade students make a successful transition to high school- summer bridge programs.
Summer Success: Challenges and Strategies in Creating Quality Academically Focused Summer Programs
This brief looks at evaluations of 34 academically focused summer programs in order to distill challenges and compile promising strategies for creating quality summer programs (refer to page 11 for a summary of challenges and strategies).
Summertime and Weight Gain
This brief discusses the weight gain of children over the summer months and what program providers can do to address the problem.
The Learning Season
This executive summary examines the connections between a child's summer experiences and his or her success in school and beyond.
The Transition to Kindergarten: A Review of Current Research and Promising Practices to Involve Families
This brief gives an overview of the concept of transition and its importance to school success.
What Did You Learn Last Summer?
This article summarizes research findings on summer programs that can help improve summer learning (refer to page 3 for a summary of research findings on summer programs that work).
What Works for Summer Learning Programs for Low-Income Children and Youth: Preliminary Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Social Interventions
This review suggests some insights into promising practices on how to make summer learning programs effective and make positive impacts (refer to page 3 for information on staffing, class size, interventional content and interventional strategies).
Beyond the Bell
Beyond the Bell offers a toolkit that may be helpful in planning summer programs.
National Summer Learning Association
This website gives access to research, publications, and information specific to summer programs.