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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
 
Shaping Summertime Experiences:
Opportunities to Promote Healthy Development and Well-Being for Children and Youth
  
 Summertime coverSummer is a chance for children and youth to continue developing, but for those living in disadvantaged communities, summertime experiences can lead to worse health, social, emotional, academic, and safety outcomes, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The report lays out nine recommendations to address obstacles that disadvantaged children can face during the summer, including lack of access to quality programs, food insecurity, and exposure to unsafe and dangerous conditions, and to help all children develop positively and stay connected to resources.


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Report Release - Shaping Summertime Experiences: Opportunities to Promote Healthy Development and Well-Being for Children and Youth

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held a public release of the new report, Shaping Summertime Experiences: Opportunities to Promote Healthy Development and Well-being for Children and Youth.
 
The release was held on September 26, 2019 at 11am and included an overview of the study process and discussion of the report’s conclusions, recommendations, and key messages.
 
Speakers included:
 
Martin-Jose Sepulveda, (Committee Chair), IBM Fellow; Clara Luz, LLC
Jennifer McCombs, RAND Corporation
Deborah Moroney, American Institute for Research
Rachel Thornton, Johns Hopkins University
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Committee on the Summertime Experiences and Child and Adolescent Education, Health, and Safety - Public Session

The Committee on Summertime Experiences and Child and Adolescent Education, Health, and Safety held a public information-gathering session on September 19, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the National Academy of Sciences Keck Center, 500 Fifth Street, NW, in Washington, DC.

The committee is studying the state of the science on how summertime experiences affect school-age children (rising K-12) across four areas of well-being: 1) academic learning and opportunities for enrichment; 2) social and emotional development; 3) physical and mental health and health-promoting behaviors; and 4) safety, risk-taking, and anti-and pro-social behavior. 

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Committee on the Summertime Experiences and Child and Adolescent Education, Health, and Safety

Project Description

An ad hoc committee will conduct a study and prepare a report on the state of the science on how summertime experiences affect school-age children (rising K-12) across four areas of well-being: 1) academic learning and opportunities for enrichment; 2) social and emotional development; 3) physical and mental health and health-promoting behaviors; and 4) safety, risk-taking, and anti-and pro-social behavior.  The committee will review the available literature on summertime in the context of these four areas, and make recommendations to improve the experiences of children over the summertime to promote healthy development and learning and reduce risky behaviors, as well as outline future directions for research.

The committee will focus on the following topics, with particular attention to equity and context:

• The impact of summer on the developmental trajectories of children and youth across the four identified areas of well-being

• The availability and accessibility of programs and experiences for children and youth during the summer across sectors as well as gaps in availability and accessibility

• Policies that increase or decrease the availability and accessibility of programs and experiences for children and youth during the summer

• The effectiveness of summer programs offered to children and youth

• Population-based disparities in the impact of summer on developmental trajectories, access to programs, and program effectiveness

• Parental, guardian, and caregiver support to promote the well-being of children during the summer

• Programs and practices from other countries that could be implemented successfully in the U.S.

The final report will inform federal, state, local, and organizational decision makers regarding the development of programs and policies to support the healthy development and learning of America's children during the summer months.
 


Sponsors:
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Wallace Foundation








 


 



 


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Previous Meetings of the Committee

Meeting 1 (Committee Only)
July 11-12, 2018 Washington, DC (8:30 am Eastern Time) 
Agenda

Meeting 2
September 19-20, 2018 Washington, DC (1:00 pm Eastern Time)  
Agenda
Speaker Bios

Jocelyn Richgels Presentation
Woodie Hughes Jr. Presentation
Kim Fortunato Presentation
Steve Baskin Presentation

Meeting 3 (Committee Only)
November 15-16, 2018 Washington, DC (9:00 am Eastern Time)  

Meeting 4 (Committee Only)
January 16-17, 2018 Washington, DC (9:00 am Eastern Time)  

Activity Information
Type: Consensus Study
Board: Board on Children, Youth, and Families 
Email: Summertime@nas.edu

Mailing Address
Keck Center
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

 


Staff Information
Rebekah Hutton, Study Director
Priyanka Nalamada, Associate Program Officer
Stacey Smit, Senior Program Assistant


Committee Members
Martín-J. Sepúlveda, Sc.D., M.D.
IBM Fellow; CEO
International Business Machines Corporation
Claraluz LLC
 

Karl Alexander, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Thurgood Marshall Alliance,
John Dewey Professor Emeritus of Sociology,
and Professor of Education
Johns Hopkins University
 

Nisha Botchwey, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning
Georgia Institute of Technology
 

Nancy L. Deutsch, Ph.D.
Professor
University of Virginia
 

Joshua Dohan, J.D.
Director
Youth Advocacy Department, State of Massachusetts
 

Barry Garst, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Clemson University
 

Sandra Hassink, M.D.
Medical Director, American Academy of Pediatrics Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight

Pamela Hymel, M.D.
Vice President, Chief Medical Officer
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
 

Jennifer McCombs, Ph.D.
Director/Senior Policy Researcher
RAND Corporation
 

Barbara Medina, Ph.D.
Professor
Center for Urban Education, University of Northern Colorado
 

Deborah Moroney, Ph.D.
Managing Director, Practice Area Director
American Institute for Research
 

Chris Smith, MBA
President and Executive Director
Boston After School & Beyond
 

Rachel Thornton, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Johns Hopkins University

 

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