“We’re not prescribed to a certain curriculum,” she said. “We’re able to take our goals for what we hope our kids can get out of it and connect that to what they want.”
That approach perhaps can offset the knowledge loss that happens when they aren’t reading and counting every day.
“None of the kids are going to sign up for a reading or math program to be honest. They’re going to sign up because they can have field trips and guest speakers,” Tiffany Cooper Gueye, CEO of summer program giant BELL that teaches thousands of at-risk students in 12 cities including Boston, San Jose, Calif., and Baltimore.
“It’s often the case we mitigate the summer learning loss,” she added. “We’re actually helping them accelerating their learning.”