CLCs are dependent on strong school / community partnerships which value shared decision making and working towards common goals. CLC partners bring expertise, materials, and resources to help each site achieve our common mission and goals of smart kids, thriving families, and strong neighborhoods. The CLC initiative and each CLC site must strive to promote collaboration among and between school and community. Collaboration and partnerships enhance the opportunities to build community, assist in better understanding and serving of children / youth and families, and improve communication among all stakeholders. Most importantly, partnerships and sharing of common goals help in the development of a well rounded CLC which serves the whole child, family, and neighborhood. The CLCs also recognize that partners and services may change as the needs of children / youth, families, and neighborhoods change.