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Why learning during the summer matters

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For many socio-economic reasons, low-income children often start school far behind their middle- and upper-income peers. They know fewer words, are exposed to fewer books and are less prepared for the demands of a structured school day.

This achievement gap can narrow once children start school, but it often grows over the summer — when some children continue reading and learning while others don’t.

This gap compounds as the years pass by. By fifth grade, some kids may be as much as two grade levels behind their peers.

That's why it's so important to keep your kids reading during the summer. Visit your local library for new, exciting books. Go to free cultural events to bring learning to life. And talk about your day, what's going on in the world around you and your family.

All of this will help that summer learning slide disappear.

For more about the summer learning gap and its long-term impact on children, watch this video on The Statisticks Lottery.

To find a local library near you, click here.

To find a kid-friendly cultural event near you, visit the Palm Beach County Cultural Council's calendar.

For additional resources, check out the Palm Beach County School District’s learning tools page. 

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