Volume 25, Issue 4 (1996)
Integrating Schools, Families, and Communities Through Successful School Reform: The School Development Program
Norris M. Haynes, James P. Comer
The concept of “community” is a significant and important one in any discourse on children’s development and learning. Children develop and learn best when they are nurtured and challenged by caring adults in supportive environments. The extended learning community, as we used to know it, no longer exists for the majority of children in our schools today. In spite of recent efforts and successes in increasing parental and community involvement in children’s education, generally, the relationship between home and school may still be described as strained (Lightfoot, 1978). Community agencies are not as connected to families and schools as they should and could be. Further, many families continue to face severe social and economic stress resulting in many more children coming to school unprepared to learn well.
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