Meaningful Linkages between Summer Programs, Schools, and Community Partners

B. McLaughlin and T.L. Phillips

Partnerships are effective ways for schools and community-based organizations to provide more meaningful summer learning experiences—making a real difference in the lives of children, families, and communities. But what do successful partnerships look like?

This report draws on findings from in-depth interviews conducted by the National Center for Summer Learning with 11 summer programs that have successfully developed collaborations between summer programs, schools and community organizations.

Summer programs are well-positioned to act as laboratories for larger school reform efforts because some of the more nontraditional school partners may occupy the summer education space in ways that are not typical during the school year (for example, youth learning in a summer residential camp setting).