Since schools closed, many city leaders across the country have leveraged their network of resources to be nimble and responsive to their community’s needs. With economic devastation impacting small and large cities alike, local leaders are rejecting siloed, narrowly defined, one-size-fits-all strategies and are adopting a collective action approach guided by community priorities, diversity, and culture.

Now, with growing calls to reopen schools, 2020-21 school plans will require a new level of coordinated interventions that coalesce existing local resources to strengthen learning opportunities and support the needs of youth, families, and educators – inside school classrooms and outside of school buildings, throughout the community.

This level of coordination is centrally located at the local level where municipal leaders and school districts are uniquely in tune with the needs of the community and share a vested interest to establish and pave a vision forward.

Visit www.nlc.org/community-learning-hubs for additional recommendations on building Community Learning Hubs.

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