It’s Summer Learning Week, a celebration of the importance of education while school is out. Erica Mullen is head of the Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas says summer programs have smaller student-to-faculty ratios, providing kids with attention they may not get during the school year.

“For many young people, it’s the first time they got to be super successful. So they go in with that confidence of having had a lot of support in a summer. And that confidence, plus skills plus that social-emotional piece, I think really gives young people a boost when they get back to school.”

She says summer learning opportunities that target low-income children also are important for closing the achievement gap.

Program director for the 21st Century Community Learning

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