There is little doubt that access to education from a young age makes a massive difference in children’s long term academic success. However, strong pre-kindergarten and other educational programs are not often readily available to all young students. Compounded with inadequate access to resources for combating summer learning loss, this inequity harms students of color and those from lower income families. This year, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage families across the country, even more students are in need of educational support after over a year of irregular schooling. While increased free community programming cannot serve as a full solution to the systemic problems underlying the academic achievement gap, they are a step in the right direction towards helping more young students to learn and retain the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in school.
Heights Schools Foundation has provided funding for the “Pop Up to Summer Fun for Ages 4-6!” program organized by Family Connections in partnership with Heights Libraries. The program runs from June 22nd to August 5th and features a variety of free educational and fun events designed to prevent summer learning loss hosted at libraries across the district. The first event, “Bridge to First Grade,” will be tomorrow, June 22nd, from 6-7pm at Noble Library. Interested families need to RSVP, but can do so by calling (216) 921-2023 or through the Heights Libraries website (heightslibrary.org/events). Be sure to see the attached file for the other events happening summer-long.
Heights Schools Foundation thanks our donors and friends for helping us to fund programs like this one. With your help, we can continue to serve all members of Tiger Nation.