Report: Investing in Summer Learning Opportunities

July 19, 2021

Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network

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The Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network (GSAN) and the Greater Atlanta Summer Learning Council are proud to present a new report, Investing in Summer Learning Opportunities: Recommendations from the Greater Atlanta Summer Learning Council. Jackson Mayor Kay Pippen and Riverdale Councilmember Kenny Ruffin served on the Council.

GSAN convened the Greater Atlanta Summer Learning Council comprised of key philanthropic, business, community, and civic leaders, as well as school superintendents and summer learning providers to create a region-wide summer learning agenda. This report includes recommendations developed by the Council in order to strengthen the infrastructure and quality of Greater Atlanta’s summer learning landscape, increase and coordinate funding, and serve the needs of the whole child.

Although the report is metro-Atlanta specific, it can be used as a framework by communities across the state.


Build partnerships between stakeholders including school districts, summer learning program providers, and municipalities across the region to expand capacity, align services, and serve more youth, with an emphasis on children and communities most impacted by inequities.

Create a Greater Atlanta summer learning fund composed of diverse funding streams with investment from public and private sectors to create sustainable and equitable access to quality programs.

Create a system of quality to continuously evaluate and improve the quality and impact of programming offered across the region.

Create a network of summer learning providers that offer comprehensive programming in at least one critical content area.

Develop a region wide communications campaign to build awareness of the value of summer learning, drive investment, and connect families to resources, supports, and programs that promote academic, social and emotional resilience for all youth.

Establish a summer learning intermediary to implement the recommendations of the council.


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