Thanks to the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Families, students can stay on the educational track during the summer. (Courtesy photo)

Parents, don’t let students fall trap to the ‘summer slide’

What are you doing this summer? More importantly, what are your kids doing this summer?

Here in San Francisco, they can do a lot — especially if you sign up early. And there’s more to arts and crafts and field trips when your kids attend summer classes and camps. They are learning!

Did you know studies show children who don’t take part in summer enrichment programs, in fact, do worse on the same tests they took a few months prior before summer break? Known as “summer learning loss” or “summer slide,” educators often see students lose some of the academic knowledge they acquired during the previous school year — especially those who have not been actively engaged in learning over the summer.

Basically, these students can’t advance as quickly in the fall as they are trying to get back up to speed. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Thanks to the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Families, there is a terrific resource fair for families this Saturday.

The Summer Resource Fair is a free, family-oriented event that showcases the multitude of summer programs and other opportunities for young people in and around San Francisco. This year, there will be 200 exhibitors from summer programs, camps and classes for every age group, from toddlers to tweens to teenagers.

The Recreation and Park Department will host a climbing wall, sports stations and crafts activities. The San Francisco Public Library will give away books.

Oh, and because this is San Francisco, there will also be food trucks.

Summer is a time to explore new ideas, learn new skills, make new friends, see new places and have fun. We know it can also be a stressful time for working families who want to be sure that their children are safe and learning.

The annual Summer Resource Fair is one of the best places to find out about your child’s summer options.

IF YOU GO: Summer Resource Fair

When: Saturday, March 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: County Fair Building, 1199 9th Ave., Golden Gate Park

Myong Leigh is interim superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District.

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