Keeping Greater Hartford’s youth engaged

Summer should be fun, but it’s also important to engage young minds year-round so that educational gains are not lost. 

The average summer learning loss in math and reading for American students amounts to one month per year. Low-income students, who often do not get an opportunity to participate in quality summer programs, can lose up to two months of reading skills.

For more than 50 years, the Hartford Foundation has partnered with Hartford Public Schools to promote quality, affordable summer programming in Greater Hartford. Between publishing the Summer Programs Directory and awarding grants, the Foundation annually allocates more than $1.1 million for summer programs.

In 2016, grants have been awarded to support 57 programs, operated by 43 agencies, including 35 campership (reduced fees), nine tutorial, nine counselor-in-training, and four enrichment programs.

This year our funding also focused on enhancing literacy efforts by increasing access to age-appropriate books and integrating use of local libraries and educational field trips to reinforce the skills being developed in the programs.


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