Expanded Learning

About Expanded Learning

Expanded learning adds time for learning and enrichment that complements the school day. It incorporates learning that is hands-on, engaging and helps children and youth gain the skills and knowledge they need for success in school and life.

High quality expanded learning builds on school-community partnerships, engages families to participate in their children's learning, and links to meals and supports for physical and mental well-being.

These opportunities work best when they utilize financial models that are affordable, scalable and sustainable.

Key Information

High quality expanded learning opportunities for students incorporate the following key principles:

  • School-community partnerships—building upon strong collaboration between communities and schools
  • Engaged learning—incorporating learning that is hands-on and engaging
  • Affordability and scalability—utilizing financial models that are affordable, scalable and sustainable
  • Learning time afterschool and during the summer—adding significant time for learning and enrichment that complements the school day
  • Family engagement—engaging families to participate in their children's learning
  • Health and wellness—linking to meals and providing opportunities and supports for physical and mental well-being

Strategies to Support Expanded Learning