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Circle up: Teaching social-emotional skills year round
EdSource | August 8, 2017
Including after-school programs was a novel idea, said Katie Brackenridge, vice president of programs for the Partnership for Children & Youth, an Oakland-based nonprofit that is working with the districts. “They weren’t thinking about how they could use that time and the resources and staffing to promote the social-emotional learning they were doing,” Brackenridge said. She held up the San Francisco Unified School District for the close collaboration it has created between its after-school programs and the social-emotional learning outcomes its staff works on during the day, such as improving students’ ability to manage their time and emotions.

Part 2: The Great ASES Augmentation of 2017 – A Children’s Story
Boost Collaborative | July 26, 2017
The Partnership for Children and Youth, a longtime member of CA3 led by Lady Jennifer of Peck, was called upon to lead the campaign and she assigned her most renowned policy warrior to the task, Jessica Gunderson the Tenacious. The group was heartened by this choice and set about organizing their efforts for the 2015 legislative session. The Honorable Senator Loni Hancock from the village of Berkeley led the efforts in the Legislature to shed light upon our quest and rally support for augmenting our ASES allotment.

Tehama District Fair to host SERRF students Thursday
Red Bluff Daily News | July 13, 2017
The expo is a culmination of five weeks of STEM learning and the community-wide reading of Charlotte’s Web. During the event, students will have a chance to learn about agriculture in the community, STEM careers and the overall fair experience.

SERRF’s summer learning program is a part of the Summer Matters campaign, led by the Oakland non-profit Partnership for Children and Youth, which highlights summer learning’s impact in some of our state’s most under-resourced areas, according to a press release issued Tuesday by SERRF.

SEL Drive in Schools Is Opportunity for Youth Developers
Youth Today | July 14, 2017
Schools are finally noticing what youth programs have known for decades. The way kids feel about themselves and how they connect with other people really matters. It matters narrowly for how they do in school and more importantly for their long-term choices and opportunities for a happy, productive, fulfilling life.

What we call youth development, the school day has started to focus on as social-emotional learning (SEL). Schools’ interest in SEL is a pendulum swing away from the No Child Left Behind focus on standards and standardized tests. This is exciting news for youth developers because we have expertise in this work. It allows us to partner authentically — not about homework help and test scores — but around the deep work of self-awareness, social connections, confidence and perseverance.

Ensuring access to summer learning for all students
Edsource | June 12, 2017
The research is clear that summer and after-school programs provide numerous benefits to students. According to a study by John Hopkins University, during the summer months children living in low-resource communities who are not engaged in activities tend to fall into a “summer slide,” while their peers from more economically advantaged communities build skills that will help them succeed. Students without positive summer activities lose nearly two months of competency in reading, and these losses are cumulative. By ninth grade, summer learning loss accounts for nearly two-thirds of the achievement gap in reading. Also well-documented are the negative impacts on health: youth without summer learning programs gain weight at a higher rate than during the school year. This is particularly true for children and youth of color and those who are already overweight.

Students perform better at schools offering extra services on campus, study finds
Edsource | June 7, 2017
Deanna Niebuhr, senior director of the community schools initiative at Partnership for Children and Youth, an education nonprofit that advocates for low-income youth in California, called the brief “a really powerful look at evidence-based criteria” supporting community schools.

“This brief shows that community schools can have an impact on equity in education, which is really the heart of it in California,” she said. “Schools in middle-class neighborhoods expect access to great after-school programs and other services for kids. Community schools bring those benefits to kids in lower-income areas, and now we have evidence proving that can be successful.”

PCY Warns Federal Cuts Could Eliminate San Fernando High Summer Programs
San Fernando Valley Sun | May 31, 2017
Partnership for Children and Youth (PCY), a nonprofit statewide organization comprised of government, business and community leaders, is warning of potential federal budget cuts that could eliminate funding this summer school and various physical activities that are offered at schools like San Fernando High.

The potential elimination of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers’ grants could severely impact or end programs offered by the EduCare Foundation through the Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) Beyond the Bell Branch, such as Calculus Camp, dance, Morning Fitness and ACE (Achievement and Commitment to Excellence).

Looking at Education with Carol Kocivar
KALW | May 9, 2017
California kids are at risk of losing after-school and summer programs. Katie Brackenridge from the Partnership for Children & Youth joins Carol to explain how these programs help students, particularly low-income students.

Group Marches on Capitol for After School Programs (Video)
Fox 40 Sacramento | May 16, 2017
Demonstrators marched at the State Capitol on Tuesday, to ask Governor Jerry Brown for more money for after school programs.

"The City of Sacramento puts in money, the school districts put in money but the person who hasn't put in money is Governor Jerry Brown and the State of California," Jessica Gunderson, of the California After School Advocacy Alliance, told FOX40.

California's subsidized after-school programs struggling to survive
EdSource | May 2, 2017
A February 2016 survey of after-school providers in 250 school districts by the Oakland-based advocacy group Partnership for Children & Youth found that 29 percent of the 676 program providers who responded to the survey said they were likely to close in the next two years without an increase in funding.

Educators tout value, availability of summer learning programs
East Bay Times | March 27, 2017
OAKLAND — The final bell of the school year is months from ringing, but educators are already urging parents to sign up their children for some of the hundreds of summer learning programs available, many at low or no cost.

Summer learning programs combat the “brain drain” some kids suffer when school is not in session. Children whose families cannot afford summer academic programs or enrichment programs and experiences are behind other students when school starts in the fall.

Three 'Superhero' Superintendents Honored for Supporting Summer Learning
Edweek | December 7, 2016
Summer Matters presented its Summer Matters Superhero Award to Superintendents Deborah A. Flores of Gilroy Unified School District; Richard Martinez of Pomona Unified School District; and William McCoy of Sausalito Marin City School District during the California School Board Association's annual education conference.

The Summer Matters Superhero Award is designed to shine a spotlight on efforts by superintendents who work to provide quality programs that help children from low-income communities avoid summer learning loss.

A Close Look at Quality: How to Make Your Program Better with Quality Standards
Youth Today | November 7, 2016
After-school networks in 38 states have developed or are in the process of developing quality standards, according to the American Institutes for Research, a Washington, District of Columbia-based nonprofit focusing on social science research and evaluation. Some of the networks have also gone on to develop a credentialing system for after-school program staff. Some have also adopted a rating system for after-school programs, assigning stars or numbers to inform the public of the quality of the program.

Summer and after-school programs can promote social and emotional learning
EdSource | July 19, 2016
California’s new Common Core standards and a growing body of research are driving increased interest in social-emotional learning as an essential component of student success. Without skills like the ability to manage stress, to empathize with people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and to engage successfully in the small-group work required for deeper learning, students cannot be successful. And, unless educators work actively to help students develop these skills, schools will not be able to deliver on the broader set of Local Control Funding Formula priorities that the state has adopted, promoting positive and productive school climates.

School budget laws complicate tracking of Common Core spending
EdSource | April 26, 2016
San Jose Unified put about $12 million toward staff bonuses, while Santa Ana Unified spent $9 million on retiree benefits.

The money is coming from about $3.6 billion in tax revenues California’s about 1,000 school districts received over the past two years. The Legislature specified that it “intended” for districts to “prioritize” spending of the one-time funds on implementing academic standards, including Common Core standards in math and English.

But lawmakers also told districts that they first had to use the funds to pay for any unreimbursed claims for programs and services mandated by the state. They could also spend the funds for “any other purpose.”

After-school programs face troubles, survey says
San Diego Union-Tribune | April 12, 2016
A survey of after-school programs serving the poorest children in San Diego County and California shows they face problems tied to state funding that have gone unchanged for a decade.

Nearly a third — or 29 percent of providers surveyed — said they are at risk of closing down in two years, according to the survey by Partnership for Children & Youth, a nonprofit based in Oakland.

Some after-school program providers say flat funding may cause them to close
EdSource | April 6, 2016
A survey of after-school program providers found that 29 percent of respondents – including large programs such as LA’s BEST – say they are likely to close in the next two years without an increase in the daily reimbursement rate from the state.

More than 86 percent of providers said they were having trouble hiring quality staff, and two-thirds said their programs had a waiting list, according to the survey by the Oakland-based advocacy group Partnership for Children & Youth.

Margaret Lavin: The Best of 2015
San Jose Mercury News | January 6, 2016

To help these families, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson launched Summer Matters, an initiative that supports summer learning and provides meals for low-income families. Summer Matters strives to ensure that all California students have access to high-quality summer learning opportunities and a summer filled with engaging academic enrichment and recreational activities.

Afterschool Program Funding Remains Separate Under New Education Law
EdSource | December 22, 2015
After-school and summer programs will not only retain a separate funding stream, they will also get a slight boost in dollars under the new federal education bill and budget.

District takes on challenges of creating community schools
EdSource | December 3, 2015
For the past five years, the Hayward Unified School District has been focusing on its lowest-income neighborhoods, transitioning to a “community schools” approach that provides health, social and other services to students and their families.

DeSaulnier Measures Included In Landmark Education Bill
Website of Congressman Mark DeSaulnier | December 3, 2015
PCY Executive Director Jennifer Peck comments on the amendments to the Every Student Succeeds Act presented by Congressman Mark DeSaulnier. The amendments focus on expanded learning and community schools.

Calif. Furlough Bill Would Provide Relief for Cash-Strapped After-School Programs
Edweek | July 27, 2015
A California bill could buy some time for state-funded after-school programs in dire financial straits after a $25 million increase approved by the state legislature failed to make it into the final 2015-2016 budget.

Senate Bill 645 would allow programs funded by the state's After-School Education and Safety Program (ASES) to close for up to five days during the school year in order to save money.

"It provides some flexibility for programs that are up against the wall," said Jessica Gunderson, the policy director of the Oakland-based Partnership for Children and Youth.

Summer school: Oases in East San Jose, San Ramon, Oakland
San Jose Mercury News | July 20, 2015
A few Bay Area school districts are resurrecting summer classes that offer a leg up in academics or simply offer fun, mind-expanding lessons -- critical in stopping the summer slide, when kids can lose as much as one or two months of learning.

"Education is a real high priority with our families," said Kirby Hoy, director of instruction at San Ramon Valley Unified, one of the few districts that never abandoned enrichment summer classes. Over the summer, he said, "They want kids to continue to use their brains."

Gilroy's Super Power Summer Camp draws 750 kids
Gilroy Dispatch | June 29, 2015
A six-week summer camp that supports low-income kids with hands-on science, technology, engineering and math got underway this week at three Gilroy schools. In all, about 750 Gilroy elementary and middle school students are fighting the so-called summer learning loss this year by participating in Super Power Summer Camp, sponsored by the Gilroy Unified School District and its partners.

Summer Matters partners with Super Bowl 50 as part of the Re(a)d Zone
Superbowl 50 Host Committee |
Today, the 50 Fund – the legacy fund of the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee – introduced “The Re(a)d Zone,” a signature initiative focused on investing in, strengthening and building the capacity of high-quality, literacy-enhancing programs that increase third grade reading proficiency throughout the Bay Area.

Stagnant funding hurts after-school programs, survey finds
Susan Frey, EdSource | March 30, 2015
Stagnant funding is making it difficult for after-school programs to retain and attract high-quality staff and is reducing the number of enrichment activities, such as field trips or arts programs, offered to low-income students, according to a survey released Monday by the Partnership for Children & Youth.

With affordable housing, summer and after-school learning can start at home
Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, Jennifer Peck | February 5, 2014
It is critical that expanded learning programs have quality content and educators, but it is just as critical that they are accessible to those who need them the most. Expanded learning programs in affordable housing communities are the key to linking community development efforts and schools.

It’s time to invest in summer learning
Superintendents Deasy, Berg, Carruth, Raymond, and Yee | January 16, 2014
Five California Superintendents, including LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy, explain why summer learning programs are key to advancing some of our top priorities, including Common Core implementation, supporting students’ social-emotional growth and enhancing teacher/staff professional development.

After-School Meals for Kids Fight Hunger, Promote Learning
U.S. Representative George Miller (D-Contra Costa County) & Jennifer Peck | December 28, 2013
West Contra Costa Unified and other school districts in California that are helping combat child hunger and promote learning by serving meals to low-income students in after-school programs at schools, tutoring sites, and housing developments.

New Funding Could Fuel Summer School Rebound; Whittier Schools an Example for New Program
Peter Fullam, Whittier Daily News | December 3, 2013
After years of recession-triggered cuts that virtually eliminated summer school programs, some education experts see a return of summer school programs under the state's new local control funding formula for public schools.

What Our Youth Need is Much More Than School Day Reform
Jennifer Peck &David Kakishiba, Conta Costa Times | October 12, 2013
Just as critical as being ready for the school day is being ready for the times outside of school having a plan to keep students safe, learning and healthy. What do children need for social, emotional and learning development all day long?

Education, Local Control and What our Communities Need to Do
Loni Hancock & Jennifer Peck, Sacramento Bee | October 12, 2013
The recently approved Local Control Funding Formula is a step in the right direction. This important change to how our state finances education will enable schools to innovate and invest based on local challenges and needs. We now have new opportunities to build on strategies that have proven effective.

Agencies Share Lessons in Quest to Build Better Programs
Jamaal Abdul-Alim, Youth Today | August 21, 2013
With assistance from CBASS, or the Collaborative for Building After School Systems, Youth Today sought out examples of best practices in the area of partnerships, data-sharing and professional development, as well as a few lessons learned.

Principals take the initiative to keep school open in the summer
Sue Frey, EdSource | August 18, 2013
Thanks to enterprising principals, students in a few California communities will have no trouble answering the question: What did you do this summer? Despite tight district budgets, some principals in Los Angeles Unified and Oakland Unified have on their own initiative figured out a way to provide programs this summer by reaching out to their local communities and private foundations for support.

Summer Matters in Oakland
Jennifer Peck, Coalition for Community Schools | August 14, 2013
Expanded learning programs have proven to be fundamental to providing the social, emotional, and learning supports necessary for children and youth to succeed in school and life – the same essential components of a successful community school approach.

Expanded Learning: The New Key to Increase Student Achievement
Jamaal Abdul-Alim, Youth Today | August 13, 2013
In Chicago, education and nonprofit leaders collaborated to find a legal way to access and share student data from the public schools that would have otherwise been confidential. They ultimately used the data to enhance and expand youth-development programs to reach thousands more young people throughout the city.

Summer Learning That Really Works
Jessica Kelmon, Great Schools | August 3, 2013
So what should parents look for when choosing a summer learning program? “We have 80 indicators of quality in a summer program,” says Katie Brackenridge, a senior director at the Partnership for Children and Youth, a nonprofit driving the Summer Matters campaign.

Summer Learning Opportunities Vital to Future Success
Give Something Back Office Supplies CEO Sean Marx and Jennifer Peck, Oakland Tribune, San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times | August 1, 2013
Forward-thinking businesses that wish to invest in education ought to invest in high-quality summer learning opportunities because they provide such significant returns.

Rebooted Summer Programs Make Learning Fun to Prevent 'Summer Slide'
Michelle Maitre, EdSource | July 23, 2013
While summer classes targeted at struggling students are nearing extinction on many school campuses, several districts are rebooting the traditional summer education model by blending academics with recreational activities intended to prevent students from falling even further behind.

Congress' Chance to Help Students Get 21st Century Skills
Jennifer Peck, Huffington Post | July 22, 2013
At the local level, it has become increasingly clear that as states, districts, and schools are raising standards and increasing their focus on graduating students that are prepared for college and careers, there is a need to build capacity within the education system.

Money Flows to California Schools, But Little Goes to Summer Programs
Diana Lambert, Sacramento Bee | July 12, 2013
Restoring library hours and reducing class size are high on the to-do lists of Sacramento-area school leaders now that more money is flowing their way. But summer school may have to wait.

Summer School: Should More Kids Go?
Brett M. Kelman, USA Today | June 29, 2013
For years, Jennifer Dresmich, a middle school teacher in Pittsburgh, saw students come back from summer vacation further behind than when they left. Lessons from the prior year seemed to have evaporated under the summer sun. Some students needed weeks, if not months, of review before they were ready to settle into their new grade.

Summer Matters Campaign Helps Parents, Teachers and Communities
Jennifer Peck, Oakland Literacy Coalition | June 26, 2013
With summer fast approaching, now is the time for parents, school districts and communities to partner on preventing students from falling prey to “summer learning loss” and support their learning, health and well-being during the all-important summer learning months.

Summer Matters: How Parents Can Keep Their Children Learning All Summer Long
Jennifer Peck, Edutopia | June 26, 2013
Missing out on summer learning is as harmful to children's physical health as it is to their academic health, because students who lack access to summer learning opportunities are less likely to be physically active and more likely to spend their days watching TV and eating junk food -- and sedentary behaviors are contributing to America's exploding childhood obesity epidemic.

School's Out - Learning's In
Lori Abbott, California News Service | June 21, 2013
School's out for many children in California, but that doesn't mean learning has to stop. A new statewide campaign is working to combat the summer brain drain and expand access to high quality summer learning opportunities.

Beware Of the Summertime Weight Gain Among Children
Partnership for Children & Youth Executive Director Jennifer Peck and Kaiser Permanente Vice President Yvette Radford, Oakland Tribune | June 20, 2013
While summertime is known for bringing a rise in temperatures, it's unfortunately also become an accelerator in the childhood obesity epidemic.

Districts Turning Summer School Into Learning Labs
Nora Fleming, Education Week | June 17, 2013
Summer school, once thought of as a place for failing students, is being overhauled.

After Summer, Teachers Spend a Month Reteaching Students
Nora Fleming, Education Week | June 14, 2013
Two-thirds of teachers polled in a recent survey said they spend at least a month reteaching students old material when they return from summer vacation.

ABC News Interview on Summer Learning Loss
Brittany Davis Pulley, ABC News 10 | June 9, 2013
Partnership for Children & Youth Executive Director and Summer Matters Co-Chair Jennifer Peck's TV interview about summer learning loss being a real issue and what happens when there are programs to help kids who may be more at risk.

Summer Matters: New Hands-on STEM Opportunity
Santa Clara County Board Supervisor Dave Cortese and Partnership for Children & Youth Executive Director Jennifer Peck, Cupertino Patch | May 23, 2013
Momentum is growing in San Jose to make Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) an educational priority, including the launch of a new local program this summer.

Summer Learning on NBC
NBC Bay Area | May 18, 2013
NBC Class Action compelling segment on how high quality summer learning programs are the answer to summer learning loss. Interview with Partnership for Children & Youth's Senior Director of Expanded Learning Initiatives, Katie Brackenridge.

Summer Enrichment Programs Prove their Value
EdSource | May 6, 2013
The organizers of a statewide campaign to encourage school districts to offer quality summer enrichment programs have documented gains in learning and growth in social skills that they anticipated would benefit low-income, minority students in their programs.

San Jose Students Take On STEM This Summer
El Observador | April 26, 2013
April is Math Awareness Month. San Jose's momentum is growing to make Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) an educational priority with the launching of a new local program.

What We Know About Expanded Learning
Huffington Post | April 18, 2013
President Obama's 2014 budget proposes an increase to funding for expanded learning opportunities through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant program...

Summer Learning Programs in Need of Seasoning
LA Business Journal | April 15, 2013
AS businesses evaluate their corporate social responsibility programs for 2013 and beyond, those wanting to invest wisely in education ought to put high-quality summer learning programs at the top of the list...

Summer Learning Programs' Potential for Bridging Achievement Gaps
EdWeek | April 9, 2013
Children learn best when they're healthy, and while summer is usually a time when many children participate in a myriad of summer enrichment programs, some children who could most benefit don't get that opportunity, according to the National Summer Learning Association...

Communities Hold the Answer to Student Success
Huffington Post | April 3, 2013
Given that school finance systems are often not designed to provide equitable opportunities for student learning and support, the Community School approach is an effective and efficient way to make the most of existing resources to meet a child's needs...

New Community Schools Guide Released
EdWeek | March 27, 2013
School districts should make use of existing funding streams and partnerships to support the community schools model rather than try to obtain new funding, says a new brief from the Partnership for Children and Youth, an Oakland, Calif.-based organization....

What the Sequester Will Do to California Summers
Huffington Post | March 4, 2013
School districts should make use of existing funding streams and partnerships to support the community schools model rather than try to obtain new funding, says a new brief from the Partnership for Children and Youth, an Oakland, Calif.-based organization....

Cities and schools collaborate on summer programs
Huffington Post | March 3, 2013
It may still be chilly outside, but that's not stopping school districts from planning for summer. Some districts that want to increase their summer offerings are stretching their dollars through collaborations with cities, corporate funders and foundations....

Expanded Learning, California Style
Huffington Post | February 22, 2013
In 2002, California made a historic investment that forever changed the landscape of our education system. With the passage of Proposition 49, an unprecedented half a billion dollars was devoted to after school programs -- more than all other states' investments combined...

Taking Expanded Learning to Scale: California's Road to Success
Expanding Minds and Learning Opportunities | February 5, 2013
Joint article by California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, and PCY's Jennifer Peck about California's journey taking expanded learning to scale in California. Article appears in the compendium, "Expanding Minds and Learning Opportunities." Available on Amazon.

Linking Common Core and Expanded Learning
Leadership Magazine - ACSA | January 23, 2013
If you walk into a fourth grade afterschool classroom, it appears on the surface that students are playing math games that reinforce multiplication tables...

STEM and the Summer Opportunity
TOP-Ed: Silicon Valley Education Foundation | November 27, 2012
Article by the Partnership for Children and Youth's Executive Director Jennifer Peck and California State Assembly member Susan Bonilla shares the results of PCY's pilot program and promotes the successes of STEM in summer education opportunities.

This November, Learning is on the Ballot
Huffington Post | October 30, 2012
Blog post by the Partnership for Children and Youth's Executive Director Jennifer Peck discusses the possible consequences if statewide and local school funding measures do not pass.

Letter to the Editor: This November, Learning is on the Ballot
San Mateo Patch | October 19, 2012
When voters in San Mateo County go to the polls this Fall, it's important to know what's really at stake for our children's education...

Partnering for Common Core Success
Huffington Post | October 16, 2012
This week, the California STEM Learning Network will convene its annual California STEM Summit, bringing together leaders from education, business, philanthropy, academia, industry, government and nonprofits alike to catalyze STEM teaching and learning across the state and create a blueprint for how other states can follow suit...

3 Tips for Parents to Engage Teens in Summer Learning
U.S. News & World Report | May 2, 2012
Summer learning loss is not a new or complicated phenomenon. After students spend most of the year cooped up in classrooms and studying for tests, most of them are ready for a break when May and June come along. But this drop-off in learning can hurt students...

The House Takes a Step Backwards in the Effort to Expand Learning for All Students
Huffington Post | March 6, 2012
Expand learning opportunities -- it's a critical call that we hear everywhere from the White House to state capitols to the local schoolhouse...

Swords Drawn Over Funding for Expanded Learning
EdWeek | August 30, 2011
Time is money may be the new refrain for the extended-learning community, as divisions have emerged over how federal grants should be awarded to programs that provide extra hours of academic enrichment to underprivileged students...

Changing the STEM Equation This Summer
Huffington Post | August 30, 2011
In California and around the U.S., the public, private, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors alike are investing resources and forging new partnerships to address America's glaring education crisis in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Summer Cuts Launch Lunch Scramble
Wall Street Journal | July 25, 2011
Budget cuts have left Francisca Vargas struggling to replace the academic boost her three young children once received from summer school-and the free lunch that came with it...

Q&A: How States Can Improve Summer Learning
EdWeek | July 19, 2011
Some leaders in California are working to increase the options, availability, and quality of summer programs in the state, particularly for low-income kids...

Programs try to save students from "summer slide" in academics
LA Times | July 7, 2011
At Camp Akela, located at Noble Avenue Elementary School in North Hills, kindergartners read about rainbow fish and draw them. Other students study volcanoes, create travel journals, dance the hula and even play in a portable pool. But the students, most of them low-income English learners, are also learning literacy, math facts and science and are honing writing skills with "coaches" dressed in leis, tropical shirts and grass skirts...

Combating childhood obesity with summer learning programs
San Francisco Chronicle | July 5, 2011
Last week, thought leaders, policy makers and health experts convened in San Diego for the 6th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference, the nation's largest collaboration of professionals dedicated to combating child obesity, to showcase the latest research, best practices and strategies toward reducing our country's ballooning childhood obesity rates.

A New Exercise in Combating Childhood Obesity: Summer Learning Programs
Huffington Post | June 30, 2011
This week in San Diego, thought leaders, policy makers and health experts are convening for the 6th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference, the nation's largest collaboration of professionals dedicated to combating child obesity, to showcase the latest research, best practices and strategies toward reducing our country's ballooning childhood obesity rates...

School's Out: East Bay kids ask state lawmakers how they spent their childhood summers
Oakland Tribune | June 27, 2011
On the first day of summer, yellow school buses unloaded dozens of students from the Mt. Diablo, San Francisco and Sacramento school districts in front of the state Capitol...

Celebrating National Summer Learning Day Every Day
Huffington Post | June 21, 2011
June 21st is a call to action in support of our children and youth -- National Summer Learning Day, a nationwide celebration of the importance of summertime learning and the effectiveness of summer learning programs in preventing summer learning loss and engaging students in meaningful educational enrichment activities during the summer months...

School's Out, but Learning is "In" for Summer
Lake Stevens Journal | June 21, 2011
Summer is as eagerly anticipated as Santa for many children, but education experts emphasize that summer break should not be a break from learning...

Today, June 21st: Longest Day Of The Year... And Something Else!
KVKI 96.5 | June 21, 2011
While summer learning is worthy of a daylong celebration, it's also such an important contributor to children's academic achievement, health and well-being that we should champion it not only on June 21 but throughout the summer months...

Celebrating Summer Learning Day in California every day
San Francisco Chronicle | June 16, 2011
While summer learning is worthy of a daylong celebration, it's also such an important contributor to children's academic achievement, health and well-being that we should champion it not only on June 21 but throughout the summer months...

Focus on Summer Learning Loss in Low Income Communities
Youth Radio | June 15, 2011
It's the summer. Students are jumping for joy. It's time to play ball, go swimming, and hang out. Right? This traditional idea of summer isn't helping all students. "For a certain segment of the middle class and for affluent families, that's great. But within that, those families can also provide learning opportunities. For low income kids who don't have those kind of opportunities, summer becomes a boring or lonely time, especially if parents are working multiple jobs," he said. "We want to change the thinking and raise awareness of the dangers of summer for low income kids."

Summer Learning Programs
KGO-TV San Francisco | June 12, 2011
TV program looks at how summertime could be dangerous to the physical and academic health of our low-income youth. They lack the fundamental resources and traditional opportunities most families associate with this time of year. Features Katie Brackenridge, Director, Out of School Time Initiatives, Partnership for Children and Youth.

Central students' summer school aims at mind, body
Fresno Bee | June 9, 2011
For many students, summer is a time for play, rest or just hanging out. But this summer some Fresno County students will be part of a research project that's intended to keep them fit, both academically and physically...

Educators Urged to Give Expanded Learning a Seat at the Table
EdWeek | May 26, 2011
Out-of-school-time programs and school day programs operate in separate silos, with OST programs pushed to "prove [their] worthiness" to "have a seat at the education table,"...

Escuelas de verano solo para unos pocos
La Opinion Los Angeles | May 21, 2011
Como muchos escolares, Jesœs Olvera cuenta los d’as que faltan para fin de curso. Pero su entusiasmo no es tanto porque terminarn las clases, sino porque comenzar su otra escuela, la de verano, a la que ya ha asistido por varios a–os...

Why Summer Learning Matters More than Ever
San Francisco Chronicle | May 16, 2011
While many Bay Area families are planning summers filled with educationally enriching activities for their kids, the vast majority of low-income children in the Bay Area, and around California, lack access to meaningful summer learning opportunities...

Districts Try to Stop Summer "Brain Drain"
Fox40 News Sacramento | May 13, 2011
TV newscast features Jennifer Peck, Executive Director, Partnership for Children and Youth, and Zenae Scott, Sacramento City Unified School District. In a few weeks, thousands of Sacramento kids will be screaming for joy because they will be on summer vacation. Sadly, the moment they walk out that campus door, they begin forgetting a lot of the stuff they spent months learning...

Summer Learning
News 10 | May 13, 2011
Summertime is dangerous to the physical and academic health of Sacramento's low-income youth - dramatically increasing their risk of obesity and placing them in academic jeopardy.

Lack of summer programs can put kids behind
ABC News 7 KGO-TV | May 6, 2011
With summer almost here, a lot of Bay Area kids are looking forward to going off to camp. But a lot of low-income youngsters simply do not have that opportunity. And a new report says that lack of access is putting them even further behind in school.

Children Who Lose Out on Summer Learning, Lose Out
Huffington Post | April 30, 2011
While many families are planning summers filled with educationally enriching activities for their kids, the vast majority of low-income children in the U.S. lack access to fun and beneficial summer learning opportunities.

Summer Programs for Kids
KPSP Local 2 Palm Springs | April 25, 2011
The school year is almost over, and that means many students are looking forward to the summer: staying home, hitting the pool, playing video games.

A Win for Expanded Learning
Huffington Post | December 16, 2010
The movement to give American kids more time and opportunities to learn took a giant leap forward with action in the Senate this week...

Interview with Jennifer Peck on ELT and Future Trends in Afterschool
Learning in After School Blog | October 25, 2010
Redefining afterschool programs as "expanded learning time" (ELT) has made its way into discussions regarding the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind and the 21st CCLCs...

Governor Signs Bill Making Funding Available for Summer Learning Programs
Contra Costa Time/Mercury News/Oakland Tribune | October 1, 2010
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed Senate Bill 798, authored by state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, which makes funding available for summer learning programs serving low-income children throughout California...

Federal After-School Funding Bill Divides Community
EdWeek | September 22, 2010
Article discusses the future of 21st Century Community Learning Center program funding in light of the recent proposal by the Senate Appropriations Committee to expand the 21st CCLC allotment. Features Partnership Executive Director Jennifer Peck.

More on 21st Century Centers
EdWeek | September 16, 2010
I've been talking to more people this week about the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program and the appropriations bill in Congress that would allow the initiative to fund extended-learning-time efforts as well as the after-school, before-school, and summer school programs it now supports...

Profile of Executive Director Jennifer Peck, Partnership for Children and Youth
The Bay Area Press | April 1, 2010
What does the future hold for local education in the Bay Area? With increasing budget cuts at both the state and local level, schools are scrambling to save important programs. Many of these programs help to decrease common disparities, making it easier for children to learn. Various cut backs have lessened resources. The quality of education and ability to attend a four-year college is becoming more difficult to achieve for Bay Area youth...