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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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San Francisco Public Libraries

Read, create, and learn this summer with the San Francisco Public Library! Culture, crafts, clubs, and classes — it's not difficult to find fun things for everyone to do here. The San Francisco Public Library calendar is filled with activities and events to spark the interests of patrons of all ages. Choose creative workshops such as jewelry-making and marble machine tinkering or enjoy a puppet show, book talks, and sing-alongs. Visit your library and enter to win weekly prizes from San Francisco Giants' tickets to Exploratorium passes. Check out the website to find out more. Or find a branch near you and drop in for a visit and check out a book. Celebrate the joy of reading, learning, and making with the San Francisco Public Library.
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San Francisco Unified School District's integrated learning

Did you know that SFUSD offers a range of reduced-price and free after school and summer programs? Enrollment and space is limited at each site.

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Children's Council of San Francisco

Looking for the perfect after school program? The Children's Council of San Francisco connects families to the programs that fit their needs.

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Department of Children, Youth & Their Families (DCYF)

DCYF offers early child care, academic support, health and wellness, youth workforce development, and cultural enrichment programs.

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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.