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This Beyond School blog in Education Week highlights Harvard Family Research Project’s recent policy brief, Year-Round Learning: Continuity in Education Across Settings and Time Through Expanded Learning Opportunities. The third brief in HFRP’s ELO Research, Policy, and Practice series with the National Conference of State Legislatures, the publication asserts that “Year-round learning recognizes that students do not stop learning when they leave the classroom.” The brief explores four benefits of year-round learning; in particular, continuity in learning opportunities across time and settings allows:

  • Shared resources among educational partners,
  • Family and youth engagement in learning,
  • Prevention of summer learning loss, and
  • Coordinated systems to track and use data.

Examples of year-round learning programs are noted in the brief, as well as recommendations for policymakers who want to increase youth engagement in learning. These include supporting flexible funding initiatives to cover year-round learning strategies as a whole, rather than funding them individually, combining state money with funds from various other sources, which can help maximize use of public money for youth programs, and considering policies that encourage schools and parents to work with summer and afterschool programs to tailor programming to youth's interests and needs.

Read How Policymakers Can Support Year-Round Learning.

Learn more about our series on expanded learning opportunities.

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