FRANKFORT, Ky.  – The Kentucky Department of Education(KDE) launched new Summer Support webpages to help your kids beat the 'summer slide'. The webpages are in partnership with The Children's Reading Foundation and the Summer Food Service Program.

The foundation says kids can lose up to three months of reading skills during the summer break. The pages offer information and resources to encourage students and families to make learning a part of daily summer routines. The online support pages will feature a virtual read-aloud series that will allow children to listen to stories read by guests.

"We hope families will be able to find ideas and resources they can use to keep their kids learning during the summer months," Interim Commissioner Kevin C. Brown said. "Due to the extended use of non-traditional instruction (NTI) this school year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it's more important than ever to try to keep our children's minds active and learning throughout the summer so they will be ready to hit the ground running when school reopens."