READ Up: Stop the Summer Slide
A child's mind doesn't take a vacation; it is always eager to learn
Summer learning loss is a real problem with an easy solution
The READ Up: Stop the Summer SlideSM program helps reverse summer reading loss by providing opportunities for children to continue to read throughout the summer months. READ Up helps families, caregivers, and children keep reading aloud part of their daily summer routines.
READ Up events are for children from birth to age 8 and their parents or caregivers. Partnering with local groups offering summer events for children, READ Up organizers provide reading activities and free books to children. Organizers also provide parents and caregivers tips and take-home materials to help encourage young readers. And at many READ Up events trained volunteers model how to read aloud effectively during a story time with the children.
Learn more about serving children in your community with READ Up: Stop the Summer Slide.
Why summer reading matters.
- School-age children can lose three months of reading skills in just one summer.
- Studies have shown students begin to lose reading skills the first week they are out of school.
- Summertime reading maintains and strengthens critical brain development.