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CA State Assembly Passes Healthy Start Community Schools Bill


On April 13, 2011, Assembly Bill 760 Healthy Start Community Schools Act passed CA’s Assembly Education Committee. AB 760 will be a vehicle for emphasizing to legislators the importance of the community schools approach—supporting schools and students through interagency partnerships. Authored by Assembly member Richard S. Gordon, AB 760 is supported by Partnership for Children and Youth, and the California School Health Centers Association.

Healthy Start represents California’s early investment in the community schools approach. AB 760 would make several improvements to the Healthy Start program, including:

Requiring greater integration with academic programs and systems;
Emphasizing alignment with existing children’s initiatives;
Emphasizing district and/or countywide systems change;
Refining the outcomes and evaluations process; and
More strictly limiting the use of grant funds to planning and coordination.

This bill does not add any new funding to the Healthy Start Program.

Read an AB 760 fact sheet or download a copy of AB 760 as amended Apr. 4, 2011.

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