What is the summer slide?

All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. In fact, kids lose nearly two months of math and can lose three months of reading skills during this time. Likewise, research spanning 100 years suggests that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer. This seasonal learning loss is commonly known as the “summer slide” and is unfortunately prevalent in low-income families that lack options for summer-time learning. During the summer months, the achievement gap between disadvantaged and better-off children can widen causing some children to fall behind, while others steadily build skills.

How can I prevent the summer slide?

Fortunately, WJCT and PBS Kids provides many wonderful resources for children and parents to prevent summer slide and encourage at-home learning. PBS Kids is available in a variety of accessible forms (PARENT RESOURCE) such as TV, online, mobile apps, and in the community. Additionally, this summer, we’re adjusting our regular schedule to provide more of the PBS Kids content kids love, and more of the key learning they need to stay ahead of the summer slump. On this website, parents can explore a variety of activities and resources for making learning easy and fun in the months when it matters most.

Summer TV Schedule

We’re adjusting our regular schedule to provide more of the PBS KIDS programs your kids love – more Wild Kratts, more Curious George, more Dinosaur Train – AND more of the key learning they need to stay ahead of the summer slump.

WJCT-TV Summer Schedule

Helpful Tools For Parents:

  • PBSKIDS Library: Use these activities on your next visit to the library to get your children excited about reading and being at the library.
  • PBSKIDS Book-Nic: Take your kids on a literacy themed picnic and encourage reading together while you enjoy the great outdoors.
  • PBSKIDS Going On a Trip: Take advantage of your next trip to practice literacy skills while you explore new places together.
  • PBSKIDS Going to a Restaurant: Make your next visit to a restaurant an interactive learning experience by using these activities to practice reading and literacy skills while enjoying a good meal.
  • PBSKIDS How to Start a Book Club for Kids: While starting a children’s book club can seem like an overwhelming undertaking, following a few simple steps can make it an easy and rewarding experience.
  • PBSKIDS Reading Activities at Home: Because children spend a significant amount of time at home, we have provided some ideas for supporting your child’s learning while you do daily chores.
  • Visit for even more ideas and for great games and activities!
Jacksonville Public Library

WJCT is partnering with the Jacksonville Public Library to help families fight the Summer Slide and prepare for summer full of fun adventures in learning. Click on the JPL logo to find more summer learning resources.