As part of the early grade reading focus area, our summer literacy initiatives help ensure that more children are exposed to reading and enrichment opportunities over the summer months, fostering their success in school and in life. Without access to the enriching activities available to more affluent peers, research shows that children from lowincome families can experience the summer slide, losing as much as three months of reading comprehension skills.

Each of the summer literacy programs feature daily literacy activities, experiential learning, reading, parent engagement, physical activity, nutrition and access to books. UWMOC worked with the following partners to offer these services to our region: AMP Zone, Collier Youth Services, Community YMCA, Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore, Monmouth Day Care Center, O.C.E.A.N. Inc. and the Ocean County YMCA.

UWMOC convened a Summer Literacy funded partner roundtable in January to collaborate and share best practices and challenges in order to strengthen the program for Summer 2020.

Students in the summer literacy program hosted by UWMOC’s partner O.C.E.A.N. Inc. in Toms River.