The National Summer Learning Association has developed nine quality standards for summer programs for children of all ages. Libraries can use these standards as a tool for identifying what they are doing well and what they need to improve on regarding planning, staffing, funding, and implementing their summer reading program.
How are these standards different than the components of high-quality summer reading programs? The standards are general strategies all types of summer programs should have in place regarding organizational infrastructure and customer service. Quality standards are indicators of sustainability, intentional programming and evaluation, and positive and responsive customer service. The components of high-quality summer reading programs are specific to library summer reading programs. The components are activities and services research shows libraries can implement during the summer to help children and teens maintain or improve their reading skills.
Both the quality standards and components of high-quality summer reading programs can be used to demonstrate to stakeholders the value of your summer reading program. They can be used to advocate keeping certain aspects of your program and for funding to improve your summer reading program.