Wraparound services an effective investment in the post-pandemic era

Amid new pots of federal COVID relief money, education scholars at Brookings urge officials to consider investing in wraparound services. These comprehensive models not only support academic success but take a “whole child” approach to coordinating services and supports to meet child and family needs that shape children’s ability to learn. The authors focus specifically on the evidence-based City Connects program used by several Massachusetts districts, which not only has strong positive effects for low-income, Black, Latinx, and immigrant students, but also provides a $3 return on every dollar invested. This type of programming that yields substantial gains for modest investments is especially meaningful as children and families rebuild after the pandemic. #racialequity #education