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Keep Learning All Summer Long

Written by Erica Clay on Thursday, 30 June 2016. Posted in Posts

According to Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Research Services, "Summer vacation is one of the predominant causes of the achievement gap in America's schools. While middle- and higher-income children spend their summers engaged in activities and enrolled in programs that strengthen and reinforce learning, the vast majority of children in low-income communities have little or no access to such opportunities. By the time school begins each year, low-income children's lack of access to enriching summer activities results in their falling weeks, if not months, behind their more advantaged peers." 


Your child can access INFOhio's learning resources all year long, including during the summer months. It's easy to log in from school. If your child is at home, at daycare, at the public library, or on a mobile device at the beach, you'll need to know the INFOhio username and password for your child's school. Looking that up is easy! Visit Fill out the form and look for your child's username and password on the result screen. Write it down on a post-it note and stick it to your computer screen so you'll have it when you need it. INFOhio provides free, downloadable "Beach Bags" full of learning activities for children. Beach Bags make it easy for students to access eBooks from INFOhio. They also include lists of related books for children to check out from their public library.



Most of Ohio's public libraries have a ‪Summer Reading Program‬ for children, teens, and adults. Not sure where your closest public library is? Visit the Ohio Public Library Information Network to find a public library in your area: Make sure that your child has his own public library card that he can use when he's visiting the library with you or with the babysitter. Some public libraries even offer free meals to children as part of Ohio's Summer Food Program. Find the Summer Food Program nearest you using this map from the Ohio Department of Education:







Blazer, Christie, and Research Services Miami-Dade County Public Schools. "Summer Learning Loss: Why Its Effect Is Strongest Among Low-Income Students And How It Can Be Combated. Information Capsule. Volume 1011." Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools (2011): ERIC.

About the Author

Erica Clay

Erica Clay

Erica Clay has been an Integration Librarian for INFOhio since December 2013. She earned a BA in English and Music and a Master of Humanities from Wright State University, and an MLS from Indiana University. Prior to working with INFOhio, Erica worked in academic libraries, as the Humanities Librarian at Wright State University and the Library Director at University of Northwestern Ohio. She has more than 10 years of work experience in education, including teaching PreK and K-8 music. As an ILibrarian, Erica works closely with INFOhio's college and career readiness initiatives, providing resources and instructional support for educators who are working to make sure their students meet Ohio's Learning Standards and Ohio's Graduation Requirements.

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