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Media Releases

March 16, 2016

California Leaders Among Nine Winners of National White House Champions of Change Award
Summer learning programs were in the national spotlight recently when two California leaders were among nine individuals from across the country selected to be honored with a Champions of Change – Summer Opportunity award for their work to increase high-quality summer learning opportunities for youth.

December 4, 2015

Summer Matters Names El Monte Superintendent 2015 Summer Superhero

El Monte, CA – Lillian Maldonado French, superintendent for the Mountain View School District in El Monte, was honored with the Summer Matters Superhero Award by the Summer Matters campaign and State Superintendent Tom Torlakson at the California School Boards’ Association Annual Education Conference Thursday, December 3, 2015.

January 15, 2014
Partnership for Children and Youth Thanks Retiring Congressman George Miller for his Commitment to Education
Partnership for Children & Youth (PCY) today thanked retiring U.S. Representative George Miller for his decades of advocacy on behalf of expanding high quality educational opportunities to all children. PCY Executive Director Jennifer Peck was one of three community leaders invited to speak at Rep. Miller’s press conference announcing he would not seek re-election.

November 19, 2013
Summer Matters Campaign Unveils New Reports Linking Summer Learning to Local Control Funding Formula Priorities
As school district leaders prepare to make local control funding formula decisions, the Summer Matters campaign today released three new reports demonstrating that summer learning programs are essential to school districts’ ability to meet time-sensitive priorities for Common Core implementation, social-emotional growth, and teacher and staff development.

November 8, 2013
Rep. George Miller (D-Contra Costa County) applauds West Contra Costa Unified School District After School Meals Program.
San Pablo, CA – November 8, 2013 – U.S. Representative George Miller (D-Contra Costa County) commended West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) for their ambitious approach to providing meals through the After School Meal Program.

June 12, 2013
Give Something Back Office Supplies Announced As Inaugural Business Partner for Statewide “Summer Matters” Campaign for High Quality Summer Learning
Summer Matters Co-Chair and Partnership for Children & Youth’s Executive Director, Jennifer Peck, announces Give Something Back Office Supplies as inaugural business partner for California’s statewide summer learning campaign.

March 4, 2013
Protecting High Quality Summer Learning Essential
Partnership for Children and Youth’s Executive Director, Jennifer Peck, releases public statement on the impacts of sequestration on summer learning programs.

July 25, 2011
East Bay Students to Celebrate Graduation from Summer Learning Programs
Hundreds of low-income East Bay elementary school students enrolled in summer learning programs will celebrate their graduation on Friday, July 29 at Oakland’s Diamond Park with a “Field Day” of summer learning activities.

July 25, 2011
Hundreds of Gilroy Students Celebrate Graduation from Summer Learning Programs
More than 500 low-income Gilroy students enrolled in Gilroy Unified School District’s premier summer learning program, “Super Power Summer Camp,” will celebrate their graduation on Friday, July 29 with a summer learning celebration that would make Michelle Obama proud.

July 25, 2011
Hundreds of Sacramento Students Graduate from Summer of Service
More than 800 SCUSD students trade lazy summer days for serving their communities. Research shows that “millennials” – teens and 20-somethings are civic-minded and socially conscious. Proof of that trend is apparent in Sacramento, where more than 800 middle and high school students volunteered to spend six weeks of their summer vacation serving the community.

July 21, 2011
California Students Put Lawmakers on the Record about Summer Learning
Students to interview state superintendent of public instruction, state lawmakers about importance of summertime learning programs; learn science lesson from State Superintendent Torlakson. Video cameras in hand, low-income students from Northern California will descend on the California State Capitol on Tuesday, June 21 to mark National Summer Learning Day by putting California lawmakers on the record about the vital importance of summer learning programs.

June 7, 2011
California Children Missing Out on Meals During Summer Months
Summer nutrition programs in crisis, say advocates, and action is needed. New national report finds that participation in California’s Summer Nutrition Programs continues to plummet, with a drop of 65,000 children from July 2009 to July 2010.

September 30, 2010
Governor Schwarzenegger Signs Senate Bill 798 (DeSaulnier) Making Funding Available for Summer Learning Programs
Governor Schwarzenegger Signs Senate Bill 798 (DeSaulnier) Making Funding Available for Summer Learning Programs. Legislation will provide much-needed resources for summer-learning programs for low-income children throughout California.

July 29, 2010
Senators Mark DeSaulnier and Gil Cedillo Visit Summer Enrichment Program to Bring Attention to Crucial Learning Opportunities for Low-Income Children
Senators Mark DeSaulnier and Gil Cedillo Visit Summer Enrichment Program to Bring Attention to Crucial Learning Opportunities for Low-Income Children. Legislators and professor on State Legislative Task Force on Summer and Intersession Enrichment to visit LA’s BEST summer programming.

June 21, 2010
Summer Enrichment Program Provides Crucial Learning Opportunities for Gilroy Children
Super Power Summer Camp leverages combined resources of the school district and partnering community-based organizations to meet the needs of Gilroy children even in tough economic times.