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Educators, policymakers, and families increasingly agree: schools cannot do it alone. Children need multiple opportunities to learn and grow—at home, in school, and in the community. Complementary learning is a comprehensive strategy for addressing all of these needs and ensuring success for all children and youth. Complementary learning is the idea that a systemic approach—which intentionally integrates both school and nonschool supports—can better ensure that all children have the skills they need to succeed.
This short publication will give you a quick overview and some concrete examples.
A complementary learning approach provides and aligns these beneficial opportunities:
We are working to stimulate national discussion and build knowledge about complementary learning. To this end, we:
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.