No Longer Optional: Expanded Learning in School Reopening
Why and How Expanded Learning Partnerships are Essential to Achieving Equity in School Reopening and Recovery

No Longer Optional Brief Cover

Reopening schools in this chaotic environment in ways that center equity will unquestionably require an all-hands-on-deck approach. The massive task schools have in front of them is far beyond the capacity and resources they have at their disposal, and the systems of support they typically rely on are just as strained. While it is considered best practice during more normal times, it is now imperative that schools immediately and proactively reach out to partners in the community to enrich learning experiences for students, especially for low-income and English learner students who have been most negatively affected by the pandemic.

Learn more in this brief, collaboratively produced with the Partnership for Children and Youth and the Opportunity Institute.

In this brief:

  • Background: Expanded Learning Programs
  • Challenges and Opportunities: Expanded Learning Programs Are a Critical Asset for Schools in Reopening
  • Examples from communities around California
  • Leverage Program Flexibility and State and Federal Funding to Deepen Partnerships
  • Key Considerations for School and District Leaders
  • Rebuilding Together—The Only Way Forward