Neighbourhood Learning Centres are for School Districts
NEIGHBOURHOOD LEARNING CENTRES make sense for students, families, communities and school districts. The research is clear: the more caring adults there are in a student’s life, the better their attendance, attitude and achievement. By connecting students, families, schools and neighbours, Neighbourhood Learning Centres play an important role in developing successful learners and strong communities.
Neighbourhood Learning Centres come in different shapes and sizes. Many offer the use of school facilities after hours and are welcoming places for groups to gather. Others go further, seeking partnerships and pooling resources to build joint-use facilities to accommodate community programs and services. It may be as simple as seniors mentoring students in a school garden, or as complex as a capital project combining school, public library and recreation centre. However one is developed, NLCs spell a richer learning environment for students and a closer, more connected community for all.
How are Neighbourhood Learning Centres developed?
Many Neighbourhood Learning Centres start small and grow according to the unique character and aspirations of the communities they serve. With the right mix of leadership, consultation and stakeholder cooperation, NLCs have become lively focal points of neighbourhood learning and community activity.
Resources for School Districts
- Neighbourhood Learning Centres are for School Districts one pager (PDF,423KB)
- Read the 5 Keys to Community Engagement
- View the Programs and Services that School Districts can offer as Neighbourhood Learning Centres.