The evidence-based strategies in this volume close the achievement gap among students from all sociological backgrounds. Designed according to local needs assessments, they provide the services, programs, initiatives, and relationships that are crucial for children's success in school and life. These practices and programs include afterschool and summer sessions, early-childhood education, school-linked health and mental health services, family engagement, and youth leadership opportunities. This book addresses the policy and funding requirements that help these partnerships thrive and offers effective counterarguments against those who would question their value. The text describes strategies that work in both rural and urban contexts and includes a chapter evaluating school-community partnerships across the world. Because it involves collaborations across professions and organizations, the book's interdisciplinary approach will appeal to those in social work, education, psychology, public health, counseling, nursing, and public policy.
Laura R. Bronstein is dean of the College of Community and Public Affairs, professor of social work, and executive director of the Institute for Multigenerational Studies at Binghamton University, State University of New York. Susan E. Mason is professor of social work and sociology and director of the PhD program in social welfare at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University.
Foreword Introduction 1. Making the Case for School-Linked Services 2. The School 3. School-Linked Services Today 4. Working Effectively Across Systems 5. Settings 6. International Initiatives 7. Public Education, School-Linked Services, and Relevant Policies 8. Funding 9. Assessing Outcomes Epilogue: Creating a Successful School-Community Partnership for School-Linked Services References Index