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The Beyond School blog on the Education Week website covered the release of Families and Expanded Learning Opportunities: Working Together to Support Children's Learning—a new policy brief co-authored by Harvard Family Research Project and the National Council of State Legislatures.

This brief is the second in a series on research, policy, and practice in expanded leaning opportunities (ELOs) and explores the ways that families and ELOs must work as equal partners in order to ensure that ELOs are contributing to children's learning in meaningful ways. These include:

  • Understanding children's learning needs
  • Ensuring that program goals and activities align with children's larger learning goals
  • Facilitating communication with other settings where children learn to better coordinate learning supports (e.g., tutors, books, and other learning materials)
  • Sharing key data and results regarding children's learning progress

This brief discusses these elements in more detail, supported by evidence from recent research.

Read Family Engagement Key in Expanded Learning Opportunities on the Beyond School blog.

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