Expanding Summer Learning
Each year the OOSSLN seeks to increase the number of summer program slots filled and unique students served by the more than 300 Tacoma-Pierce County summer learning programs listed on its website. SummerLearningTacoma.org has received more than 10,000 unique visits, providing Tacoma families and students a place to search and sign up for summer programs by neighborhood, date, type of program, cost, and financial assistance available.
Eastside and South End Neighborhoods
Low-income students not engaged in summer learning can fall two years behind their middle- and upper-middle income peers by fourth grade. The OOSSLN is combatting this slide with a heightened focus on the East and South End neighborhoods.
Investing in Access
The OOSSLN is responding to underserved neighborhoods and communities where summer learning student participation is low. Since 2013, the Network has helped direct more than $200,000 from the Foundation for Tacoma Students to community-based organizations with programs that reach these students.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound, Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, City of Tacoma, Communities in Schools, Degrees of Change, Foundation for Tacoma Students, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, KBTC, Lemay-America’s Car Museum, Metro Parks Tacoma, Oasis Youth Center, Peace Community Center, Pierce Transit, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Puget Sound Educational Service District, REACH Center, Safe Streets, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma Housing Authority, Tacoma Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma Rescue Mission, University of Puget Sound, University of Washington Tacoma, YMCA of Pierce & Kitsap Counties, YWCA Pierce County