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What makes a great after school or summer program?

What's your child doing after school? How about over the summer? Your answer may be more important than you think. Research shows that high-quality summer learning programs can help prevent summer learning loss — a major factor in kids falling behind in school. Want a great summer or after school program for your child? These resources can help.

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Oakland Public Library

Hang out, explore, and read this summer with the Oakland Public Library! The library has a program to appeal to people of all ages, from babies to grandparents. Children, no matter how young, receive prizes for reading or being read to. Teens explore local cultural sights, sporting venues, and Bay Area hot spots in the Teen Summer Passport Program. From magicians to jazz musicians to scraper bikes, the Oakland Public Library's got it. Visit your neighborhood library or www.oaklandlibrary.org to find out more.
Oakland unified school district

Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) after school programs

Did you know that OUSD offers low-cost or free after school care at a majority of elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the district? These programs offer homework assistance, tutoring, enrichment activities, and physical activities daily until 6 p.m. Each program serves a limited number of students, so check each school's after school enrollment policy. For more information, please call the After School Programs Office at (510) 273-1550.

See all OUSD after school programs.

Oakland Summer Learning

OUSD offers a range of high-quality summer learning programs for students of all ages. Academic Recovery Summer School is for high school students who need to make up missing credits. Summer Prep Programs are for students who are falling behind. Hub Model programs provide academic support from district teachers, and community partners lead enrichment activities. Breakfast, snacks, and physical activity opportunities are available every day. Oakland Fine Arts Summer School is for students entering grades 1 through 6.

For more, check out OUSD's summer learning guide.
Summer matters

The Summer Matters campaign

The first statewide campaign focused on expanding access to high-quality summer learning opportunities for all California students, Summer Matters supports programs that boost student achievement through fun, relevant, experience-based learning.

Why does summer matter? See research and resources from Summer Matters.
Don't have a summer program at your school? Here are tips for getting your district to invest in summer learning.
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Thanks to the Packard Foundation for generous support for this project.