Summer is like no other season in that the memories it creates last a lifetime. But for many of California’s low-income children, summer vacation presents a reality that is far from idyllic. It presents a break in the continuity, structure, and safety of the school year. It often means limited opportunities to participate in learning and enrichment programs. But more important, summer may bring with it a struggle to have basic needs met by limiting access to at least one daily, healthy meal and safe places to be active.