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Five Reasons Your After-School Practitioner is Your Biggest Ally

This handout, whose audience ideally is school personnel, explains the ways that afterschool program providers can support the work of schools, for example, they are a link between the school and family, and can “serve as a bridge between school and home, relaying important information to parents while helping to them engage in their children’s education.”

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 SCHOOL-COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS. A Guidebook on Designing an Expanded Learning Time Program

A guidebook developed by the New York State Afterschool Network that provides questions, resources and examples to assist schools in planning effectively with one or more community partners to maximize the enrichment opportunities this additional time can create for students.

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Ten Ways to Build School-Community Partnerships (Video)

This video, developed by partners of the Collaborative for Building After-School Systems (CBASS), describe ten innovative and effective ways for schools and community organizations to build strong partnerships that support high-quality expanded learning.

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The In-School and Afterschool Social & Emotional Learning Connection

Developed by the American Institutes for Research, this tool can help in-school and afterschool staff identify how to align in-school and afterschool activities with SEL learning.

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Assessing Your CBO’s Core Competencies Worksheet

Assessing Your CBO’s Core Competencies Worksheet

Developed by the National Center for Community Schools, this is a self-assessment sheet that can help an organization determine how competent they are in school-community relationships.

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Connecting School and Afterschool - 15 Ways to Improve Partnerships

Connecting School and Afterschool: 15 Ways to Improve Partnerships

This document provides suggestions and strategies for improving partnerships between school and community based organizations such as supporting school events and effective communication regarding the benefits of the afterschool program.

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Partnerships in 21st CCLC Programs - A Readiness Assessment Tool for Community Based Organizations

Partnerships in 21st CCLC Programs: A Readiness Assessment Tool for Community Based Organizations

Developed by the National Center on Community Schools, this is a self-assessment tool for Community Based Organizations to determine if they are ready to engage in a partnership with a school, particularly for 21st Century Community Learning Center funding.

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Principles of Effective Partnerships

Principles of Effective Partnerships

Developed by the National Centerfor Community Schools, this tip sheet provides basic principles of effective partnerships, such a clarifying the vision and collective planning.

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