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For most children, the end of the school year is an exciting time, filled with dreams of summer vacations and exciting camps.   But what does summer bring for children who live in poverty?

Research shows that low-income school kids lose an average of two months of reading achievement over the summer.  During the school year, all children’s skills improve at close to the same rate, but over the summer, middle- and upper-income children’s skills continue to improve, while lower income children’s skills do not.