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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board on Children Youth and  Families
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

 Workshop on Summertime Opportunities to
Promote Healthy Child and Adolescent Development



Workshop Description

Summertime offers an array of opportunities to promote healthy child and adolescent development. Non-cognitive skills that support academic learning and career preparedness, for example, are fostered during the summer months. The variety of settings where summer programs are offered—including camps, community-based organizations, faith-based institutions, schools, libraries, and museums—provide diverse learning opportunities that can lead to a range of positive educational and health outcomes for children and youth. However, significant disparities based on socio-economic status and geography exist for accessing high-quality programming and core tools for learning during the summer months.

On August 25, 2016, the Board on Children, Youth, and Families at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine hosted a 1-day public workshop in Washington, D.C. that highlighted the latest research on summer programming and explored the links, both existing and potential, between summer programs and the broader ecosystem of child and adolescent learning opportunities. The workshop format was designed to stimulate discussion among individuals working in all areas of the summertime space, including program providers, researchers, funders, and policymakers. The presentations and discussions advanced our understanding of interventions designed to support school-age children (Pre-K-12) during summertime across 1) education and learning, in academic subjects and social and emotional domains, and 2) physical health, especially risk for obesity. The workshop also identified gaps in current research.

► Workshop Webcast: 8/25/16

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Workshop Planning Committee Member Bios 

Georgia Hall, Ph.D., (Chair), Senior Research Scientist, National Institute on Out-of-School Time, Wellesley College

Brian Bannon, M.A., Commissioner, Chicago Public Library

Barry A. Garst, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Youth Development Leadership, Clemson University

Susan Magsamen, M.A., Senior Vice President and Senior Advisor, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Johns Hopkins University Science of Learning Institute, and Brain Science Institute

Deborah Moroney, M.Ed., Ph.D.,
Principal Researcher and Practice Area Director for Social and Emotional Learning and School Climate, American Institutes for Research

Sarah Pitcock, MPP, Chief Executive Officer, National Summer Learning Association

Heather B. Weiss, Ph.D., Founder and Director, Harvard Family Research Project

Staff Contact Information

Tara Mainero, Responsible Staff Officer 
Phone: (202) 334-1839

Pamella Atayi, Program Coordinator
Phone: (202) 334-1996

Workshop Sponsor

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation


Activity Information

Topics: Children, Youth, and Families; Nutrition and Obesity; Juvenile Justice; Health 
Board: Board on Children, Youth, and Families


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