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Strategic Collaborations

Partnerships are vitally important to a successful afterschool and expanded learning program. Young people show the greatest gains when they participate regularly in programs that have strong connections to schools and familiesĀ (Little, Wimer, & Weiss, 2008). Strong partnerships do not happen overnight but require intentional time and energy to develop and nurture. However, it is important to note that the payoff for maintaining successful partnerships is huge, with results ranging from improved program quality to the more efficient use of resources and even improved sustainability in the long termĀ (Griffin & Martinez, 2013; Little, 2009).

Building Mastery of the Common Core State Standards by Expanding Learning with Community Stakeholder Partnerships
By Taliah Givens, Former Program Director, Council of Chief State School Officers

Expanded Learning Collaborative Resource Guide – Community Partnerships and Collaboration
By San Francisco Expanded Learning Collaborative

Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success
By The Expanded Learning and Afterschool Project

You for Youth
Online Professional Learning and Technical Assistance for 21s CCLCs

Building a System of High-Quality Partnerships
By Prime Time Palm Beach County