For families, summer is typically seen as the time of year for vacation and no homework, but summer is also a critically important time for students to remain engaged with reading and learning. If students take this time away from education, the losses add up. By fifth grade, summer learning loss can leave low-income students two and a half to three years behind their peers.

This year, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) has doubled the size of many of its programs and expanded the range of opportunities offered to students to promote literacy and prevent student learning loss. MNPS is staying ahead of learning losses by creating summer learning environments that promote active student engagement and consistent improvement in academic achievement. These programs increase equitable access to quality instruction to promote literacy and academic enrichment, especially during the summer months.