Launch to Learn is an initiative by the City of Albuquerque and Mission: Graduate intended to help curb summer learning loss.
According to the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, research demonstrates that students lose ground academically when they are out of school for the summer. The problem is particularly acute among students from lower income families who lose an average of more than two months in reading achievement during the summer. Research also shows that children who continue learning throughout the summer don’t lose as much ground.
The Launch to Learn summer learning framework has three objectives:
- Connect youth to quality, integrated summer learning activities at 18 partner locations and through science activities that encourage children and the adults in their life to work together;
- Connect with community programs and resources; and
- Ensure that youth have access to quality health care services through two Fun and Wellness Fairs scheduled in conjunction with Albuquerque Public Schools.
The Launch to Learn Family Summer Adventure Guide, available in English and Spanish, can be used by children in the Albuquerque metro area, and can be picked up at any of the Partner Sites. The guide will be distributed to all APS K-3+ school students. Children who participate in activities at the Partner Sites will be rewarded with stickers that can be collected in the guide. At home, families can work on fun science activities selected specifically to provide engagement opportunities.
Using the Family Summer Adventure Guide
You can have fun family adventures in and around your neighborhood with these do -it-yourself activities, games, and connections with local fun and learning. Click here to find more details about the science activities that you see in the guide. You'll also find links that you can follow to get more help on the projects.Don't have a copy of the guide yet, download a pdf version here.
Where Can I Get My Guide?
Pick up guides and any of our partner locations.
Download a pdf version of the guide.
Partner organizations can request guides using this form.
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 the Pueblo of Isleta Recreational Center.