What are school-linked services? Why should schools be concerned about services for children? What are the benefits of school-linked services? What does it take to launch a school-linked services effort? Who needs to be involved? What special roles can schools play in the process? What are the skills school staff need to develop when working with families and communities? How do you evaluate your effectiveness and your intended outcomes? How do you sustain your partnership effort over the long-term?
If these questions are at the top of your agenda, or even in the back of your mind, then you'll want to look at the new resource, Putting the Pieces Together: Comprehensive School-Linked Strategies for Children and Families. This document is intended as a guidebook for schools who are thinking about linking services, are just beginning to do so, or for schools well underway in their efforts. This resource was a joint venture, developed collaboratively among the ten Regional Educational Laboratories across the United States.