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A message about Summer Learning from Selena Hardy

When we think of summer, images of kiddos taking a break from school often come to mind. However, during that break so many children are simultaneously losing valuable academic ground.

Although the Summer Slide sounds like a great new feature at the theme park, it is actually referring to summer learning loss. According to the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, the problem is particularly acute among low-income students who lose an average of more than two months in reading achievement in the summer, which slows their progress toward third grade reading proficiency. And it exacerbates the achievement gap with their middle-class peers.

But, there is good news! Research is finding that children who continue learning throughout the summer don’t lose as much ground. Mission: Graduate in partnership with the City of Albuquerque, United Way of Central New Mexico, the Early Childhood Accountability Partnership (ECAP), and many other organizations have come together to create the 2017 Launch to Learn Family Summer Adventure Guide. This guide is meant to connect children and their families with summer learning opportunities to make every moment count.   

In our third summer creating the Launch to Learn booklet, we applied feedback from years past to create this exciting guide. This guide focuses on the whole family exploring these science-based activities at home and around the community.

The Bilingual Family Summer Adventure Guide has four main features:

  • Do-it-Yourself activities: Each science theme in the book was selected in partnership with Albuquerque Public Schools’ K-3+ curriculum in mind. Each activity can be done with items found around the house and activity tips and tricks can be found at
  • Visiting sites around the city: This is a throwback to our Launch to Learn Passport, where children can get a stamp/sticker at partner sites such as the libraries, museums, and outdoor spaces around Albuquerque.
  • Community Connections and “Did you Knows: In every section of the guide there are no or low costs opportunities listed on how to access sites around the community and also how to get connected with community resources.

Pick up a copy of the guide today. The 2017 Launch to Learn Family Summer Adventure Guides are available at: ABQ BioPark, Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum,  Bookworks, Explora, Horizons Albuquerque at Bosque School, Keshet, Mama’s Minerals, National Hispanic Cultural Center, NM Museum of Natural History & Science, NM Philharmonic, The Carino Toy Lending Library, The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, all Albuquerque and Bernalillo County Library Albuquerque and Bernalillo County, UNM Continuing Education Summer Camps, and Valle del Oro. And also online at

Mark your calendars for these Albuquerque events:

The City of Albuquerque offers free Lunch in the Park at 38 Parks. See map of locations.

Storytime in the Park kicks off on June 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tower Pond Park. Kids can get free books, healthy snacks, have their pictures taken with superheroes and they can pick up their guides. Through Storytime in the Park, an APS Title I program, APS teachers read to children and share reading strategies with their families. Children can then take the same book home. If they participate all summer, they can build their own mini library of 20 books.

Families have two opportunities to attend Fun and Wellness Fairs this summer. At the fairs, students can participate in fun activities, get their immunizations, and their parents can sign up for insurance. The first fair will be held on June 19 from 3-7 p.m. at Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center, the second is scheduled for Aug. 3 from 4-7 p.m. at the Central and Unser Library.

On Aug. 13 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. children can get free haircuts, school suppliers and have a day of just fun and games at Kutz for Kids event to be held at Expo New Mexico

Stay connected, visit LaunchtoLearn for complete details, text L2LSummer to 51-555 to get tips and updates, and follow us on Facebook and #LaunchtoLearn.

If you need more information connect with me via email or call me 505-247-3671.

Hope to see you out and about on your family adventure.

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