Stay ahead, plan for the summer

It’s the month of March, and parents know what that means: It’s time to plan what your kids are doing this summer.

They’re in class and learning right now, but they can fall behind if they don’t stay challenged over the summer break. Here are some sobering facts:

Math: Most students lose about two months of what they learned in math over the summer months.

Reading: Low-income students lose more than two months’ progress in reading.

Health: Students lose more than academic knowledge over the summer. Most — particularly children at high risk of obesity — can gain weight more rapidly during summer break.

Parents always tell me summer is the most difficult time to ensure their children have productive things to do. The joy of learning doesn’t end when school lets out, but finding safe places for kids to learn all summer can be daunting. Who has the time to find all of the programs and camps and outings for kids this summer?

Sign up for summer fun

That’s where the Summer Resource Fair comes to the rescue. Families can meet representatives from more than 200 — yes, 200 — organizations that provide summer camps and classes. Come and find some fun things for your kids to do over the summer months at this free event, co-sponsored by the Department for Youth, Children and their Families, Recreation and Park, and the San Francisco Unified School District.

They’ll have three bounce houses. Kids can also climb a rock wall, shoot hoops and play some tennis. Hungry? There will be food trucks there, too.

Want even more? Your kids can also explore musical instruments and create something fun with arts and crafts.

Don’t miss this chance

I know how fast summer can creep up on busy families. It’s time to secure a spot for your child in a program that will help him or her grow and learn during the summer months.

And don’t worry — you don’t have to tell the kids they are avoiding summer learning loss. If they are having fun in an engaging, well run program — the learning will follow. If you can’t make it to the fair, check out www.sfkids.org/summer-programs.


Richard Carranza is the superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District.

IF YOU GO:

San Francisco Summer Resource Fair
Saturday, March 12 (10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.)
Pier 70, 420 22nd St.

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