Expanded Learning Partnerships
Strong partnerships between schools and expanded learning programs lay the foundation for building stronger, more equitable support systems for children and their families. Building on prior investments in the expanded learning system, California’s school reopening guidance encouraged intentional coordination across schools and expanded learning providers to best meet the needs of students during this unprecedented time. This brief provides key principles for school and expanded learning partnerships—informed by insights from leaders and practitioners from across California—that policymakers and practitioners should consider as they move from reopening to rebuilding.
This brief is part of a series that explores how expanded learning programs and staff can play an instrumental role in supporting students now and throughout pandemic recovery. The other brief, Learning Hubs: In-Person Learning for the Whole Child, discusses how learning hubs can provide in-person education supports to students who are distance learning; raises considerations for local policymakers, schools, and expanded learning partners; includes guidance for the design and operations of learning hubs; and identifies the policy levers that support the model.
Four PACE commentaries contribute to this series, each of which addresses the needs of student populations that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and offers actionable guidance for districts, schools, and expanded learning providers. The commentaries look at the role of expanded learning for students in foster care; experiencing homelessness; with learning differences; and in upper grades.