Perhaps the most direct benefit is access to young people. For out-of-school time providers in particular, Extended Learning Time, or ELT, eliminates recruitment, attendance, and retention challenges. For cultural institutions, partnering with an ELT school can also ensure access to young people—and often their families—in a deeper and more substantive way than occasional field trips or limited school visits.
Universities have found partnering with ELT schools a tangible way to fulfill their community involvement goals. Universities with teacher preparation programs find ELT schools have the capacity to work intensively with faculty and college students. Other benefits to engaging in a partnership with an ELT school include access to student academic data that can inform program design, participation in professional development or partner staff, and new avenues to reach and involve families.
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