National Center for Community Schools Partners with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to Address Summer Learning Loss

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The National Center for Community Schools (NCCS) was invited by Boys & Girls Clubs of America to help develop its “Brain Gain” summer enrichment curriculum, which will be piloted in 250 Clubs across the country this summer.  NCCS is drawing on The Children’s Aid Society’s years of experience designing summer camp programs in our community schools, community centers and Wagon Road Camp as well as on our national capacity-building work in which preventing summer learning loss is a central element of community schooling.  Other partners in this major initiative include the Smarter Learning Group and the ArtScience Prize.

Jane Quinn, CAS Vice President for Community Schools and Director NCCS, and Janice Chu Zhu, NCCS Senior Director of National Capacity Building, are taking the lead.  As project manager and editor, Janice has led a team of professional writers from the youth development field who created 12 modules of summer learning material (nine for elementary and three for high school).  The Art Science Prize is developing the middle school modules.   These materials will help Clubs provide fun, engaging experiences – and critical summer learning opportunities.  

The materials for elementary and middle provide 45 minute blocks of project based daily activity that fit the thematic framework while allowing time for other Club activities.  The High School modules provide a twice-weekly format to meet the unique need of teens while emphasizing careers, entrepreneurship and promoting the individual talent.

The 250 clubs participating in the pilot program for the Summer Learning Initiative must commit to:

  • Implement the curriculum with fidelity
  • Actively engage in the evaluation of the curriculum materials
  • Participate in BGCA's National Youth Outcomes Initiative - including tracking summer learning gains by administering youth assessments