Increasing educational opportunities for children and youth requires us to rethink the traditional school day. Community schools utilize innovative approaches that expand learning opportunities before, during, and after school, during the summer and/or by extending the school day and year.
ELO strategies are a core component of community schools and seek to use the school as a vehicle for increasing learning opportunities for students. In essence, community schools are the embodiment of what expanding learning time and opportunities should look like. A school that is open 24/7 – 365 days of the year, serving students and their family’s needs, and that operates with the support of community partners that can tailor their activities to the school’s academic and non-academic goals.
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