The Pine Bluff School District’s Title I Parent & Family Resource Center is offering free educational materials to help keep children from falling behind academically in the summer.

The Parent Center is providing free Summer Learning Packs, PALs (Parent Assisted Learning Modules), Common Core Refrigerator Curricula, ACT Aspire Exemplars and age appropriate books in May.

“Parents, your kids don’t have to lose achievement ground this summer,” a spokesman said in a news release.

The center is offering resources to arm children against the summer slide in academics.

“Between the end of one school year and the start of the next, every student risks summer learning loss. With the final school bell rapidly approaching, the Title I Parent & Family Resource Center wants to assist in avoiding the ‘summer slide’ and closing the academic achievement gap by providing resources for parents to work with their children during the summer,” according to the news release.

The center urges parents to keep their children on track this summer while learning and having fun.

“According to the Harvard Graduate School of Education (June, 2016) ‘summer slide’ statistics are alarming. For example, did you know: students can lose up to 2.6 months of math skills over the summer. Students can increase their math retention by two-thirds simply by doing 10 minutes of math per day in the summer. Adding 10 minutes of math homework per day can lead to students’ lost progress in math dropping by one-third,” according to the release.

The report also said that six weeks in the fall are spent re-learning old material to make up for summer learning loss.

Parents may visit the the Title I Parent Center at 1215 W. Pullen St. and pick up free summer learning packs.

Details: Freddie Jolivette, Parent Center coordinator, 850-2008/2009.