Hundreds of youth advocates and students from across California are at the State Capitol Tuesday to urge lawmakers to support high-quality summer learning programs.

Summer vacation doesn't mean the learning has to stop. Experts say kids who stop learning over the summer fall further and further behind.  Jennifer Peck with "Summer Matters" says quality summer-learning programs actually involve intentional learning activities. 

"There's a lot of creative and fun things that you can do with reading and with math and science over the summer that don't have to be boring, they don't have to be sitting at desk," she said.

Youth advocates are also urging lawmakers to support S-B 1221.

"This bill would make some changes in how California is allocating its after school program dollars so we're putting more money into summer programming," Peck explained.