The Case for School-Based Integration of Services: Changing the Ways Students, Families and Communities Engage with their Schools

by Jean Baldwin Grossman; Zoua M. Vang

Jan 30, 2009
P/PV's GroundWork series summarizes available evidence on a variety of social policy topics, providing a solid foundation for future work. This first issue reviews the current literature about the potential benefits of simultaneously providing three services in school -- healthcare, out-of-school-time learning and family supports -- to boost students' educational outcomes. For disadvantaged, low-income youth, research indicates that access to these supports can play a key role in helping them surmount common obstacles to educational attainment. In addition to highlighting how each affects key outcomes such as learning, school connectedness (i.e., positive feelings about school) and access to needed services, this brief summarizes the potential benefits of offering these resources through a highly integrated, school-based model.
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