Education and Expanded Learning


A skilled and educated workforce is increasingly vital to a community’s economic vitality. Even when city officials do not play a direct role in governing their school systems, there are numerous ways in which they can exercise leadership to support public schools, expand alternatives for students who struggle in traditional educational settings, increase high school graduation rates, and promote college access and completion.

Featured Opportunity: Cities Addressing Basic Needs to Improve Postsecondary and Workforce Success

NLC is offering six select city teams help to build strong and equitable pathways to postsecondary and workforce success with an intentional focus to remove barriers such as a lack of food, housing, childcare or transportation that can often get in the way of college completion, through an 18-month technical assistance initiative. City teams will have the opportunity to work alongside other cities, postsecondary and K-12 school leaders, non-profit organizations, and the business sector to address barriers while setting clear goals for postsecondary attainment tied to their workforce needs.


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Read our new Afterschool and Summer Learning Briefs below: 

Explore additional Afterschool and Summer Learning tools, reports, guides, and other materials on the Wallace Knowledge Center.

Supporting K-12 Education

This new education playbook presents a host of practical, tested strategies that municipal leaders can adapt and use to drive local progress.

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Expanding Afterschool and Summer Learning

The Institute for Youth, Education, and Families has over a decade of experience and knowledge working with cities and municipal leaders to help strengthen local efforts to create, expand and improve afterschool and summer learning opportunities. Through these efforts municipal led citywide afterschool systems have developed across the nation.

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Advancing Postsecondary and Workforce Success

Municipal leadership can leverage city and community resources and work with higher education institutions to increase the amount of citizens receiving high quality certificates, credentials and degrees. NLC has engaged with cities in multiple efforts to prepare an inclusive, homegrown workforce within cities and developing vibrant local economies.

Building Equitable Pathways to Postsecondary and Workforce Success

12 cities will have an opportunity to be part of a cohort that NLC will work with intensely to build and scale innovative ideas in implementing equitable pathways to postsecondary and workforce success. The efforts of these cities will be documented and shared out nationally enabling other cities to explore sustainable solutions for their own local communities and economies.

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Lumina Foundation Communities in Partnership for Attainment (CPA)

Twenty cities were selected by Lumina Foundation as the first partners in an initiative to dramatically increase the number of local residents with postsecondary credentials. As part of this collaborative effort, NLC is proud to be one of a network of thought leaders chosen by the foundation to connect participating cities with significant technical and planning assistance, data tools and flexible funding.

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Bill and Melinda Gates Communities Learning in Partnership (CLIP)

CLIP will also help communities understand, document, and build on their success; explore and understand how and to what extent communitywide partnerships are part of their success; inform each site's future efforts; and inform the Foundation's future investments in this field.

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