Steans Center > Egan Office > Our Work > School Partnerships
The Egan Office supports community efforts to build strong, sustainable community schools. Community schools are centers of community-wide learning for adults and children. Community schools can be one-stop centers for meeting the social, health, economic and educational needs of families and their children. Stronger partnerships develop with the community resource people, groups and institutions that can be more easily sustained over time.
Communities come together in unique ways around their schools. In community schools, parents and community residents have their voices heard and participate in planning and decision-making. Parents and community residents take on leadership roles, organize others and plan for the future of the children, the school and the community as a whole. These skills are often transferable to other areas of personal and community transformation.
The Egan Office uses the following strategies to fulfill promote and support community efforts to build sustainable community schools: