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Volume 14, Number 4
July/August 1998

Full-Service Schools Respond to Families' Needs

Quality of collaborations is a major factor in their success


To New York City principal Ginny Connelly, the rise of full-service schools means there is a safe place for her students to go after school to extend what they've learned during the day.

To Ann Aimes, a Kentucky school official, it means parents have somewhere to turn for emergency help when food runs short.

To Larry Bilick, a parent in Berkeley, CA, it means his school can begin to offer the basic health and recreation services his district used to provide before the passage of Proposition 13 wiped out extracurricular "frills" in his state in 1978.

Communities across the country are establishing school-based human services programs in record numbers to help poor and middle-class families handle an array of contemporary social problems caused by everything from welfare cutbacks to the rise of single parenting and dual-career families.

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For Further Information

For Further Information

J. Connell, M. Gambone, and T. Smith. "Youth Development in Community Settings: Challenges for Our Field and Our Approach." Philadelphia: Institute for Research and Reform in Education, 1998.

J. Dryfoos. Safe Passage: Making It Through Adolescence in a Risky Society. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

J. Dryfoos. "A Look at Community Schools in 1998." Occasional Paper No. 2, National Center for Schools and Communities, Fordham University, 113 West 60th St., Room 704, New York, NY 10023.

G. Maeroff. Altered Destinies: Making Life Better for Schoolchildren in Need. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998.

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, 21st Century Community Learning Centers Office, 1200 Mott Foundation Building, Flint, MI 48502-1851.

The Children's Aid Society, 105 East 22nd St., New York, NY 10010; 212-949-4800.

Emerging Coalition for Community Schools, Institute for Educational Leadership, 1001 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036.

National Center for Community Education, 1017 Avon St., Flint, MI 48503.

21st Century Community Learning Centers
, U.S. Department of Education,Office of Educational Research and Improvement, 555 New Jersey Ave., NW Washington, DC. 20208.