Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A Mid-Summer Countdown Refresher

What makes for a great summer? Let's count the ways!

5 days a week of active play

Did you know that July is Park and Recreation Month? Check out the events happening at a park near you and get out play!


4 new places to visit

Have you been to the SF Fire Department Museum? What about the Pez Museum? Check out the list of free or low-cost summer resources.


3 fresh fruits and veggies daily

It’s peach season… and melon, and berry season! Summer is a terrific time for a Farmers Market field trip. Find a farmers market near you here. OR, pick up some produce and bring the market to your summer program! You can sample everything from pluots to tomatillos. Check out these summer recipes to cook nutritious meals with your youth.

2 summer projects

It’s a breeze! Build your own kite and then go fly a kite at one of these many places listed on!


1 once a day with a good book

The San Francisco Public Library’s Summer Read SF 2013 for Children, Teens & Adults is still happening and it’s not too late to sign up and join! The Summer Read SF program runs from June 1 to August 11. For more information, visit:


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Happy Summer!

Thank you to everyone who made the 2013 Summer Conferences such a success. We're ready for another terrific summer here in San Francisco!

Make your calendars now for Summer Learning Day on June 21st and showcase your work!!

Summer Learning Day is a national awareness day to highlight the importance of summertime programs and services. It is a chance to showcase your work in your community and generate increased support for summer learning in San Francisco and nationwide. Show your support for quality summer programming in San Francisco and host a Summer Learning Day Event!


What are examples of Summer Learning Day Events?

Ø Hold a community open house

Ø Invite your Board of Directors to tour your program

Ø Host a guest speaker or panel discussion about summer learning

Ø Ask local leaders to visit during program hours

Ø For more ideas, check out the Summer Learning Day website:


Don’t forget to register your event to connect with more resources, and enter a drawing to win prizes for your organization:


Check out the national SLD website to get ideas and register your event!


…Because every child should have access to high-quality learning opportunities during the summer months.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Summer Learning Network April Conference

San Francisco Summer Learning Network 
Invites you to
San Francisco Summer Learning  2013

Conference|Summer reDEFINED

Friday, April 26, 2013
1187 Franklin Street- Unitarian Universalist Center

This FREE Conference will provide practical training and tools to help summer learning programs create a summer culture that is inclusive, youth-focused, and most importantly, fun!  The 2013 San Francisco Summer Learning Conference is designed for front-line staff, teachers, and site coordinators. It will host various Bay Area presenters with topics including:  Summer Culture, Classroom Management, Field Trip Logistics, Lesson Planning/Enhancement, and Team Building… In addition, the following program specialty sessions will be included: Arts, Sports/Fitness, Nutrition, and STEM.


Free Breakfast, Lunch, &

 Access to the Best Summer Resources!

Professional Development for people working with children and youth in summer programs.


Register today:

Come reDEFINE Summer!

For more conference information, please contact Jennifer Hicks,


Summer Learning Training and Coaching Cohort


The Partnership for Children & Youth and ExCEL Afterschool Programs/ San Francisco Unified School District will be hosting coaching workshops this March- May, from 9am- 12pm.

Training schedule:

Planning: March 7

Thematic Learning & Skill-building: March 21

Staffing: April 11

Integrated planning: April 25

Evaluation and Communication: May 9

Youth assessment and engagement: May 23

Space is limited. please contact Jenny Hicks at the Partnership for Children & Youth to find out more information!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Summer Learning Network February Conference- It's never too early to start planning for summer!

The San Francisco Summer Learning Network and the Partnership for Children and Youth (PCY) are happy to announce the Summer Matters 2013Conference for directors, managers and site coordinators! 

This year we are hosting two free conferences in support of summer learning.  Our first conference will be held on Friday, February 15, 2013 and registration is now open to the first 100 registrants.  For more information regarding our February conference or to register, please refer to the attached flyer and/ or the information listed below.

This FREE conference will run from 8:30am- 3:30pm, and will be held in Oakland, CA at Preservation Park close to the 12th Street BART and public parking.

Register Now | February 15, 2013 
Summer Matters 2013 Conference
Oh, the Places We'll Go!

Every child needs quality summer-learning opportunities to grow, have fun, and stay on track in school. The Summer Matters 2013 ConferenceOh, the Places We'll Go! is designed for K-12 program directors, managers, and site coordinators, and will include topics covering: Building Sustainable Systems, Planning for Summer, Hiring and Management, Creating Infrastructure to Support Quality Instruction, Program Evaluation, and more!

The Summer Learning Network will also hold our annual resource fair and conference for front-line staff and coordinators this spring in San Francisco. Stay tuned for more details!

Monday, November 19, 2012

New Resouce Guide Available

Check out the new Afterschool for All (AFA) Resource Guide for Out of School Time Providers! The revised and updated version includes a chapter specifcally dedicated to summer programs (chapter 12). The Resource Guide aligns with the Quality Self-Assessment Tool and the AFA Core Competencies for staff.

The guide includes helpful tools and tips -- from planning a summer schedule to linking up with school day learning. You can download the full resource guide (or indvidual chapters).

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Summer Program Quality Self Assessment

Alas, it is the end of the summer.  Sigh!

For those programs who would like to meet as a team to discuss and self-assess their summer programming so that they can create an even better program next summer, San Francisco Afterschool for All  created a Summer Program Quality Self Assessment for your review.

Click here to download the self-assessment.