For children, summer is a time off from school to enjoy days full of sunshine and fun. The YMCA of Central Kentucky is offering a Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program for a second year to ensure that Lexington students have the chance to keep their minds sharp during the summer as well.
The program is aimed at first and second-grade children who are most prone to losing reading skills over the summer, according to a news release from Dan Koett, vice president of marketing and communications for the YMCA of Central Kentucky.
Studies show that children from low-income backgrounds who don't have access to educational programs throughout the summer are at risk for losing some of their reading abilities, especially compared to children from more affluent backgrounds.
Children in the program are pushed to achieve the reading level of their grade by the third grade.
The program started last week and will be held four days a week for six weeks leading to the start of school. Children work on literacy skills in the morning, and art, music, science and physical activity exercises in the afternoon.
For more information, call (859) 367-7348.