The Excellence in Summer Learning Award recognizes outstanding summer programs that demonstrate excellence in accelerating academic achievement and promoting positive development for young people between kindergarten and twelfth grade. The award is given annually based on an application and interview process that elicits information on a program’s history, mission, goals, operations, management, staff development, partnerships, results, and sustainability. The Excellence in Summer Learning Award seeks to find and draw national attention to exemplary programs providing high-quality summer learning experiences for youth in their communities. The mission of the Center for Summer Learning is to create opportunities for high quality summer learning for all young people. A part of the Johns Hopkins University School of Education, the Center builds public support, improves the quality and availability of summer programs, and influences policies and funding to ensure that all youth have access to high-quality learning opportunities during the summer months.