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Citation:McMahon, T. J., Ward, N. L., Pruett, M. K., Davidson, L., & Griffith, E. H. (2000). Building full-service schools: Lessons learned in the development of interagency collaboratives. Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, 11(1), 65-92.

This article explores issues that have hampered full-service school development. It provides consultants working with local groups an outline of potential problems to be addressed to achieve successful implementation. The author acknowledges that schools alone can't address the social problems of children and neither can human service delivery systems. In spite of growing enthusiasm, most school buildings have not yet been transformed into full-service schools. This article provides well thought-out strategies based on the experiences of numerous interagency/school collaboratives across the U.S. Areas addressed are: (a) determining what is needed, (b) how to begin, (c) local politics, (d) fiscal matters, (e) partners in the collaborative project, (f) community-school relations, (g) parallel rather than integrated administrations, (h) legal and ethical considerations, (i) links between school attendance and access to services, and (j) the evaluation process.

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