June 19, 2015, is Summer Learning Day—the annual kickoff to summer where The National Summer Learning Association recognizes the high-quality summer learning opportunities across the country that are making a difference in stemming summer learning loss and closing the achievement gap.
According to a 1999 Wallace Foundation report, libraries play a key role in "supporting the informational, educational, and literacy needs of young people in their community."
Libraries can be an important multipurpose dedicated space for youth to engage in self-directed learning that is generated by youth's interests and needs and what is most useful and compelling.
Many before and after school programs are adopting new technologies designed to streamline billing and payment processing, reduce bad debt, and increase the speed of payment collection.
"Youth success skills." "Power skills." "21st Century skills." "Soft skills."
As a field, we call them by a number of different names, but taken together, they represent the social, academic, and life skills, which are known to be directly supported by effective social and emotional learning.
You already know the importance of marketing to moms for your program. But did you know that today's millennial mom manages quite differently than the moms of even a few years ago?
They control $200 billion in discretionary income and make eighty-three percent of their family's spending decisions. They are busy and efficient, digitally connected, and passionate about what's important to them.
"What did you do after school?"
I rarely miss a chance to ask a prospective donor that question.