TEAM Summer

Opportunity and Experience for All

Mission: To promote a summer learning community that ensures that an increasing number of youth are provided with high-quality summer fun and learning opportunities that meet academic, social/emotional and health/wellness needs, sustainably over time.

Vision: Summer will be a time for learning, growth and experience for each and every child in Norwalk.

Summer Asset Directory and Portal: A resource for parents and the community. Click to visit the portal.

TEAM Summer

Summer Asset Directory and Portal

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High-quality summer learning experiences cannot only reduce summer learning loss, they can even help boost student achievement. When children continue to learn during the summer, they are healthier, safer and more confident and prepared in school.

TEAM Summer Members:

A.C.H.I.E.V.E. * Norwalk Health Department
Carver Foundation * Norwalk Housing Authority *
CDI HeadStart Norwalk Parks and Recreation *
City of Norwalk Norwalk Public Library *
Family & Children’s Agency * Norwalk Public Schools *
Horizons at New Canaan Country School * Norwalk River Rowing Association *
Kumon Math and Reading Center of Norwalk * Odyssey Early Learning and Enrichment Programs *
Maritime Aquarium * Person-to-Person *
Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program Riverbrook Regional YMCA *
Norwalk ACTS * Silvermine Art Center
Norwalk Grassroots Tennis and Education * South Norwalk Community Center
* Members who have signed a Memorandum of Agreement Stepping Stones Museum for Children *

What we know:

All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational and enrichment activities during the summer months.

More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be attributed to unequal access to summer opportunities.

There are far too many children without access to quality summer learning experiences.

The equity of opportunity, the definition of quality, the collection of critical metrics, the commitment to data-based decision-making, and the accountability to improved outcomes are not aligned.

Research has shown that children who engage in summer programming have better outcomes than similar peers who do not.

High-quality summer academic and enrichment programs have the potential to stop this disproportionate and cumulative “summer loss” and to propel children to higher achievement.

Learn more about TEAM Summer:

Tricia Massucco, Extended Learning Coordinator, Norwalk Public Schools                massuccot@norwalkps.org

Kate Ritter, Associate Director, Norwalk ACTS                                                                  kritter@norwalkacts.org