Linkages to Learning is a community school partnership with an integrated focus on health, social services, community engagement and leadership to support student learning, strong families, and healthy communities.
We are an award-winning prevention and intervention initiative established by the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (MCDHHS), MCPS and local public and private nonprofit agencies.
Linkages to Learning assists students and their families by providing or connecting them to services and resources that address the social, economic, health, and emotional issues that may interfere with student success. We assist whole school communities by bringing additional partners and resources into the school house to offer a range of supports and opportunities to students and families.
While the coronavirus pandemic has upended life for all of us, front line workers have had to face more risks than most. The Linkages to Learning staff have worked with their students to send thank you cards those who are providing essential services during this time. Read the messages of thanks from the Linkages to Learning students at JoAnn Leleck Elementary School.
Linkages to Learning is continuing to support students and their families by distributing food and school supplies to use while schools are closed.
The Linkages to Learning team at Highland Elementary School have reached out to the community with supplies with positive messages.
The Linkages to Learning team at Kemp Mill Elementary School distributed fresh veggies and bread from donors to the community.
The Linkages to Learning team at Harmony Hills Elementary School packed over 200 weekend food bags for the community.
For over 25 years, Linkage to Learning has served school communities in Montgomery County with high rates of poverty. Listen to how we helped students and their families obtain the resources and supports they need to become successful in their school and communities.
Linkages to Learning serves 29 school communities. In nine of these schools, we are part of a larger School-Based Health Center (SBHC) offering expanded primary health services. Click on the map below to see which Linkages to Learning primary service provider(s) are located in which schools.
Maryland United 4 Youth 2019 Award Finalist: Community School Partner of the Year
2014 Outstanding Organization (City of Gaithersburg)
2011 Human Values Award - Honorable Mention (Art of Living Foundation/ International Association for Human Values)
2003 Award for Distinguished Service to Public Education (Montgomery County Board of Education)
2000 All-America City Award
Our goal is to ensure students are ready to enter school, are healthy, attend school regularly, and are academically successful. Our comprehensive services fall within these four areas:
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Linkages to Learning BrochureEspañol / Français / አማርኛ / Tiếng Việt / 中文 / 한국어
History of Linkages to Learning
Fiscal Years 2015 – 2020 Strategic Plan
Report on the Status of Students and Families who Received Mental Health and Case Management Services at Linkages to Learning Sites (2016)
Evaluation of the Implementation of Linkages to Learning: Status of the Initiative in MCPS (2015)
Evaluation of Linkages to Learning in MCPS (2015)
Final Report on the Linkages to Learning Program and Evaluation at Broad Acres Elementary School (1999)
Two-Generation Approaches for Immigrant Family Advancement
Addressing the Unmet Educational Needs of Children & Youth in the Juvenile Justice & Child Welfare Systems
Evaluation of Community Schools
Prevention Strategies that Work
Relationship of School-Based Mental Health Services to Assessment of Student Behavior
Department of Health and Human Services/Linkages to Learning
Coalition for Community Schools
Maryland Out of School Time
Montgomery Coalition of Adult English Literacy
Maryland Assembly of School-Based Health Care
Center for School Mental Health
Center for Health & Healthcare in Schools
School Health Alliance
Linkages to Learning Guidelines and Forms
Volunteers offer a huge resource to and support for our Linkages to Learning schools. Your time and skills not only benefit the students, but has a positive impact on the classroom, the school and the entire community!
Call 240-777-1731 or email us if you are interested. You can also visit MCPS Volunteer FAQs to learn more about MCPS volunteer training and background check requirements.
Help support the mission of Linkages to Learning through a tax-deductible donation.
If your organization would like to work with us to deliver services on-site at one or more of our Linkages schools, please contact us. We welcome your support and interest!
Linkages To Learning1401 Rockville Pike3rd Floor, Suite 310Rockville, MD 20852240-777-1731Email Us
Kirsten Andersen – MCDHHS AdministratorAlyssa Sanders – Partner Agencies AdministratorStephanie Iszard – MCPS Program Manager