Community organizations and schools can partner to enhance students’ out-of-school learning experiences. Through the provision of supervised activities during nonschool hours, these partnerships can meet an important need in the lives of children and adolescents. This entry defines community–school partnerships, discusses theories highlighting their importance for child and adolescent development and well-being, describes the significance of these partnerships for out-of-school learning, and identifies factors that influence their effectiveness.

Defining Community–School Partnerships

Community–school partnerships can be defined as the connections that are forged between schools and community individuals, organizations, and businesses to directly or indirectly promote students’ social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development. The community within this definition of community–school partnerships is not constrained by the geographic boundaries of neighborhoods but refers more to the social interactions that ...

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