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Launch to Learn Initiative Designed to Curb Summer Learning Loss

Goal: engage 15,000 students in summer learning during inaugural year.

Albuquerque – Through a public/private/philanthropic partnership led by Mayor Richard J. Berry, Albuquerque children can have summer learning adventures designed to help curb summer learning loss through the Launch to Learn: Summer Learning Initiative program. Today, it was announced that this new program to combat the “summer slide” for children is will start late May. 

Launch to Learn is a collaboration of community partners including the City of Albuquerque, Mission: Graduate, the Early Childhood Accountability Partnership, Albuquerque Public Schools, New Mexico PBS, Bernalillo County, Explora, The New Mexico Office of School and Adolescent Health, and dozens of youth-serving organizations that engage young people in the summer months.  The summer learning framework has three core objectives:  

  1. Connect youth to quality, integrated summer learning activities; 
  2. Ensure that youth have access to healthy meals and snacks in the summer months; and 
  3. Ensure that youth have access to quality health care services in preparation for the school year.

Using a “passport” system, Launch to Learn will create pathways to fun, engaging learning opportunities for students and their families.  For students needing additional support in core subject areas (math, reading, science), this integrated system will illuminate ways to connect to libraries, museums, community centers, and maker spaces to mitigate the effects of the “summer slide.”  

The summer 2015 pilot will be open to preschool, elementary, and middle school students, but outreach efforts will be focused on elementary school students.  Passports will be distributed to all APS Title I summer school students and  will also be available at partner sites – museums, libraries, recreation centers, and other summer programs.  During the summer months transportation can sometimes be a barrier to accessing the city’s libraries, community centers and outdoor spaces. In response to this Mayor Berry has committed to provide 5,000 bus passes to students and their families in Title I school communities. These bus passes will give families the opportunity to explore the city’s real world learning laboratory at the BioPark, museums, Explora, nature trails, libraries, and community centers. This large donation was made possible by ABQ Ride with the generous support of Nusenda Credit Union.

Through Launch to Learn, children are encouraged to visit participating partner sites to get their passports stamped; students can also complete activities of their own, such as retelling a story, creating art or getting exercise. Students will exchange their passports for prizes at the end of the summer.

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