Summer Learning Challenge

Helping kids explore the world around them

Summer Learning Challenge Keeps Chicago kids ages 0 – 13 reading and learning during the summer, with free, branch-based programming, field trips, and activities based around a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM)-based theme. Recognized as a national leader in summer programming for children, the Summer Learning Challenge helps prevent the “summer brain drain” that often occurs over the summer months.


kids participated in 2016’s Explore and Soar.


million minutes were read last summer!


percent greater reading and math gains.


each year supports this vital, innovative program.