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Making Schools Centers of Communities/Expanding Afterschool Time

Many young people and their families need more and expanded learning opportunities, experiences and positive connections to be successful in these rapidly changing times. Because of the press of time and lack of transportation, taking advantage of the communities’ local schools and their community partners can provide extended learning opportunities right in neighborhoods.

Transforming schools into community learning centers is a very strong way to maximize resources and unite communities to help our children and youth. They can help to inspire our children to learn more, keep them safe, and be supportive of families.

 — Mayor Joe Riley
(for the National League of Cities Institute
for Youth, Education, and Families)


Expert Series Transforming Schools into Community Learning Centers
co-authored by Paula Egelson, Ed.D.; Alex James, AIA; and Brooke Culclasure, Ph.D.
Clearinghouse Making Schools Centers of Communities/Expanding Afterschool Time
Case Study Inside Out Centers for Learning: Transforming Public Schools

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