From Downtime to Prime Time
A Funder’s Role in Enhancing Summer Learning
By Judith W. McBride and Anita M. Baker
On a cold winter’s day, staff who oversee summer program funding from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving in Connecticut open a learning community session for the 42 nonprofits that operated summer programs with its support last summer. “It’s a great time to think summer again and begin the early planning that gets us ready to respond to the needs and interests of children, youth, and their families this summer!” An early start is critical to effective summer planning (Schwartz et al., 2018).