King County Library System: Stopping the summer learning slide

Critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration are important skills that every child needs to do well in school and in life.

Unfortunately, many parents struggle to find out-of-school opportunities for their kids to build their skills in these areas while having fun. The challenge is even more acute for families living in communities without access to these out-of-school opportunities. As a result, too many children come back to school in the fall having fallen behind (the “summer learning slide”).

To address the learning achievement gap that results from repeated cycles of the summer learning slide, our team is working with the King County Library System in Washington State to build on the success of its summer reading programs by implementing a multi-year campaign around continuous learning. The campaign will engage more children and youth in interactive activities that help prevent summer learning loss and promote skill development that lasts year-round.

Cecilia McGowan, Children’s Coordinator at the King County Library System, sat down with KIRO 7 to discuss the summer learning slide and the Thinkology campaign: