Summer READS is a literacy camp designed to ensure that Philadelphia’s children soar to their highest heights this summer instead of being impacted by the “summer slide.”

 Summer reads 

What It Is

Summer READS is a collaboration between Philadelphia READS and Senator Hughes’s office. Together we offer a four day a week, four-week summer literacy program. The goal of Summer READS: Read to Succeed to mitigate summer slide in Philadelphia's youth.

Summer READS: Read to Succeed is a free program offered at eleven different locations. This program is offered to students entering 1st through 3rd grade. This is a free program. Breakfast and lunch are provided. Admission is granted on a rolling basis. Children will be placed on a waiting list once a site is full.

Why It Is Important

According to the National Summer Learning Association, children from low-income communities are subject to a preventable phenomena known as the “summer slide,” in which children “slide” backwards in their reading skills and other educational abilities when not engaged in learning during the summer. Approximately two months of learning is lost during this “slide” effect. Subsequently, this creates a cumulative effect as the one month spent re-teaching is time deducted from the provisions to teach new material, reducing the overall likelihood of academic success over time. As a result, low-income children are less likely to complete high school or enter collegiate studies (Alexander et. Al, 2007). How do we resolve this crippling issue? What is our answer?

In Philadelphia, Summer READS is the answer for our children and youth. With Summer READS, our children will not “slide,” they will rise!


To learn more about the Summer READS 2019 program, check back in the next few months, contact or call us at 215-279-7450.


To learn more about how to sponsor a local Summer READS program, or to make a corporate donation in support of Summer READS, please contact

Thank You to All of Our Past and Present Partners

  • The Uncommon Individual Foundation

  • The Community College of Philadelphia

  • The Free Library of Philadelphia

  • The Read by 4th Campaign

  • The Urban Nutrition Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania

  • Dow Chemical Company

  • The Kimmel Center Arts Education Department

  • Mural Arts of Philadelphia

  • The Rendell Center for Civic Engagement

  • Rock to the Future

  • PECO

  • The Philadelphia Phillies

  • Wills Eye Hospital

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