Promising Practices in Integrating School and Out-of-School Time Program Supports

Posted by on April 12, 2010

Partnerships for Learning: Promising Practices in Integrating School and Out-of-School Time Program Supports. (2010). This Harvard Family Research Project report is aimed to help school and OST program leaders, decision-makers, and funders, to understand and implement effective OST-school partnerships for learning.

Across the country many schools and communities are trying to create and support efforts to institutionalize partnerships for learning, including those that rethink the use of time across the school day and year, and across the developmental continuum.  These partnerships are not merely transactional in nature but rather transformative: partnering entities work together to integrate and complement their services with the shared goal of supporting children’s learning.

Referred to by different terms—integrated, expanded, or complementary learning—the concept has one critical element in common: partners are able to create a web of learning and developmental supports for children and youth in which the linkages add up to more than the sum of their parts. The past 10 years have witnessed tremendous growth in programs and initiatives aimed specifically at developing and sustaining intentional partnerships between out-of-school time programs (OST) and schools in order to support—but not replicate—in-school learning and healthy development.

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