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Students Cited Social and Emotional Challenges Coming out of the Pandemic


(BOSTON)– Superintendent Mary Skipper yesterday joined Boston After School & Beyond, Massachusetts Secretary of Education James Peyser, and nearly 300 community leaders to share 2022 results from a citywide network of summer learning programs. This year, a record-breaking 15,851 students engaged in 238 community and school-based programs – an 11% increase in students driven by the addition of 26 programs. 


"Our young people are the leaders that we need to invest in today,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. Programs like these, blending enrichment and education, are proven to boost student outcomes throughout the year and throughout students' lives. These programs are critical in ensuring that we meet our goal of making Boston the most family-friendly city in America." 


“With all of the loss of academic and social-emotional development, summer programs are vital to the growth of our students,” said Superintendent Mary Skipper. “But our work is not over at the end of the summer: we pledge to accelerate our programming for students and, most importantly, identify the most vulnerable students to ensure access to these invaluable resources. Students, especially those who have been traditionally marginalized, like our Black and Brown students, special education, or multilingual learners, are experiencing an increase in gaps in social and emotional challenges coming out of the pandemic. We are grateful to have deeply committed partners, like Boston After School & Beyond, join us in our efforts to provide our students with increased access to academic enrichment and learning opportunities


“Education is a year-round endeavor to support our students, but our summer programming is critical to their long-term success,” said Boston School Committee Chairperson Jeri Robinson. “I look forward to bringing even more students into the fold in the summers to come.” 


We know that with time and the right support, our students can achieve or exceed their previous successes. Many students who have experienced learning loss need more instruction time, whether it is in the form of tutoring, additional school days through acceleration academies, after-school programs, or summer learning,” said Education Secretary James Peyser. “Boston After School and Beyond’s data-driven model has demonstrated the difference that engaging summer programs can make for students, and I am pleased that we are able to provide funding that will allow them to reach more students next summer.”  


“The proof is in the pudding,” said Boston Beyond Executive Director Chris Smith. “When students are engaged, they attend at high rates, and we are encouraged that other cities across the Commonwealth are adopting this approach.”