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A complementary learning approach provides and aligns these beneficial opportunities: 

  • Effective schools
  • Supportive families and opportunities for family engagement
  • Early childhood programs
  • Out-of-school time activities (including sports, arts, mentoring programs, etc.)
  • Health and social services
  • Community-based institutions (including community centers, faith-based institutions, cultural institutions such as museums and libraries, and partnerships with the business community)
  • Colleges and universities

We are working to stimulate national discussion and build knowledge about complementary learning. To this end, we:

  • Profile examples of complementary learning, highlighting lessons and insights for others in the field
  • Help policymakers, foundations, and school leaders develop complementary learning strategies
  • Organize conferences and present in national forums  
  • Create tools to help professionals build connections among families, educators, out-of-school time staff, early childhood providers, and other complementary learning stakeholders
  • Examine and share approaches to evaluating linked services

Complementary learning is a core principle of HFRP’s work, and is reflected in our projects in out-of-school time, family involvement, and early childhood education. To learn more about complementary learning connections within and among these areas, navigate to the Publications & Resources section any research area to browse our publications that feature complementary learning.

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