Cross & Joftus works with cities, districts, foundations, and nonprofit organizations to develop approaches and secure financing for expanded learning initiatives that include out-of-school supports and services. This involves research to understand current levels of investment in expanded learning and to identify promising models. It also includes technical assistance to facilitate new partnerships between schools and other community organizations that support expanded learning. Finding new ways to increase time for learning is an emerging strategy in many states and districts for narrowing gaps in student achievement and increasing graduation rates.

Our firm worked with diverse clients to facilitate expanded learning opportunities in states and communities, including United Way of America, the National Center for Summer Learning, the National League of Cities, and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Cross & Joftus did not support a specific model for expanded learning. We focused instead on crafting strategies that make a difference for children and youth by linking school and community resources. Through our firm's involvement with the Time, Learning and Afterschool Task Force and the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education Coalition, we worked closely with a preeminent group of leaders on the out-of-school time issue.