High-Quality Summer Programs Matter

Prime Time Palm Beach County provides resources and supports to afterschool and summer programs in Palm Beach County to help deliver high-quality programming that allows children to thrive socially and academically.

Research shows that high-quality afterschool and summer programs can lead to substantial academic benefits and foster resiliency and life skills for children and youth.

The benefits for children and youth in high quality out-of-school time programs include:

  • Higher grades
  • Improved standardized test scores
  • On-time grade promotion
  • Reduced dropout rates
  • Increased school day attendance in programs throughout the country

Prime Time strives to provide children and youth with a wide range of hands-on learning experiences. In partnership with local content expert organizations, Prime Time makes available expanded learning opportunities (ELOs) to eligible afterschool and summer programs.

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The National Summer Learning Association believes when the school year ends, children in high-poverty environments struggle not only with basic needs like healthy food and safe places to spend their days, but with losing precious time during the summer months to continue their learning. The cumulative effect is a crisis in the making: by the fifth grade, summer learning loss can leave low-income students two-and-a-half to three years behind their peers.

Students who fall behind over the summer are less likely to graduate from high school or go on to college. Diversity of every kind is critical to our nation’s success. Creating opportunities for summer learning sets the stage for innovation, creativity, and leadership in every community: the young people we nurture today are the foundation of our society tomorrow.

Click here to read Expert Advice on How to Choose the Perfect Summer Camp.

_Ten Questions to Help You Choose a Quality Afterschool Program