New funding should help students connect and reengage while addressing their stress and mental health

Summer can be a time to play, dream and explore new things. In the wake of the pandemic, this summer will be more important than ever for students and the schools and organizations that work with them. 

That’s why it’s time to embrace both a more comprehensive vision of how and where learning happens and a broader variety of opportunities that truly engage kids and set them up for success — rather than hold on to old notions of “summer school” as a time for catching up.

This summer we face both a challenge and a promise: We are still grappling with overlapping health, social and economic crises; the pandemic has impacted everything from children’s health, education and financial security to their friendships. At the same time, there are now historic levels of federal funding to tackle this multifaceted challenge.


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