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Theory of Change

Our model brings together both public and private

educational institutions as well as community based

organizations to collaborate and champion high-quality

summer learning.


GRSLA is working to create: 

  • shared vision and region-wide coordination 

  • engaged leadership

  • shared data management systems

  • continuous quality improvement

  • joint marketing and communications strategies

       that build awareness and support recruitment


Our goal is to build a data-driven, outcome-strong, sustainable network

of summer learning for local EPK and UPK low-income students.

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Community Partnerships

GRSLA’s model is made up of local educational institutions and community based organizations who provide evidence-based summer learning programs . Each of our programs have their own unique culture with daily routines and yearly traditions that meet the needs of their students while showcasing the expertise of their teachers and staff.

Under -Resourced Students

Our programs recruit and enroll students who qualify for free/reduced lunch, have difficulty in reading and math, and could benefit from additional instruction and individualized support.

Community-based program partners serve students in Early Pre-Kindergarten & Universal Pre-Kindergarten. All of our programs place special emphasis on authentic family engagement and participation. 

Programs Accessible to Families

In pursuit of equity for lower-resourced families, all of our programs are tuition free and provide breakfast, a daily snack, and lunch at no cost to our families. 

Family Engagement 

When students trust the adults around them, understand that they matter, and feel safe in their environment it is easier for them to learn. This is why the Search Institute’s Developmental Relationships Model paired with Family Engagement are the cornerstones of our work. We build strong relationships with our students and their families that express care, challenge growth, provide support, share power, and expand possibilities.

Families are encouraged to be part of their student’s summer learning experience. Our programs host a variety of family engagement activities each summer including: student showcases, ice cream socials, cooking demonstrations, and opportunities to chaperone field trips. GRSLA’s family support team works directly with families to ensure that they understand the program goals and objectives, their student’s specific program activities and schedules, and the importance of daily attendance. These staff members continue to work with families throughout the summer to address any issues that may arise, as well as celebrate their student’s success. 

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