The YMCA of Central Virginia offered a six week reading and math enrichment program for rising 1st-3rd grade students. This partnership with Lynchburg City schools kept students minds and bodies active over the summer, all at no cost to the families.
Summer Learning Loss refers to the loss in academic skills and knowledge over the course of summer months. Children from low-income households lose an average of 2.5 months of reading and math skills over the summer. The Summer Learning Loss Prevention program offered by the Y was structured like a summer camp, with aquatics, enrichment and learning all built into each day. Certified teachers led reading and math instruction each morning. The afternoon enrichment activities included arts & crafts, visits to local parks, trips to the library, swim lessons and more.
The results of the Summer Learning Loss Prevention program showed a 22% growth in reading skills and a 28% growth in math skills. This growth equates to 2.4 months of reading skills gained in just six weeks. The Central Virginia Y provided all transportation and two full meals (breakfast, lunch and a snack) to all campers in addition to the activities. The Y was able to provide this opportunity to families at no cost thanks to generous contributions and grants.