Helping Children Prevent the Summer Slide
Posted: June 23, 2020
For years, parents and children have been faced with the dreaded summer slide, a time when the school year ends and summer learning loss begins. And if that wasn't bad enough, this year has been made worse by the COVID slide and trauma related to the pandemic. The reality of this is that children’s cognitive performance has decreased earlier than usual. To counteract this, it’s essential that children have access to a summer program that fosters brain development while also keeping health and safety top of mind.
For most children, actual learning of new information abruptly ended and schools did their best to put something into place to aid in finishing out the year. However, even with the most well-intended efforts, children just weren’t getting out of school what they typically do. Coupled with the stress of complete routine changes and minimal social interactions, children’s enthusiasm for just about anything, eventually dwindled. This all stifles healthy development.
We know parents want the best for their children and in the wake of the pandemic, health is one of the concerns. We also know that children’s development doesn’t stop because of a pandemic. Because of this, finding programs that follow recommended guidelines to protect children’s health while also turning “brain strains” into “brain gains” is essential. And although this may seem like an impossible feat, there is a solution.