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School Initiative Information

Initiative Name: Baltimore City Community Schools Initiative (Community and School Engagement Strategy Community Resource Schools)
Leadership Type: Local Government led
Location Type: Urban
Address: 2305 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218 US
Phone: 410-662-5500
Fax:
Email: jbaez@familyleague.org
Website: http://www.familyleague.org/initiatives/education-initiatives/
 

Overview

The BCCSI, funded since 2005, is a partnership of Baltimore City, City Schools and The Family League of Baltimore City. Each Community School in Baltimore has a full-time site coordinator responsible for managing programs and supports reaching students, families, and the neighborhoods surrounding our schools. Services are delivered when and where each community needs them. The Initiative accomplishes its results through the site coordinator working with the principal and the school community to identify needs and address those needs through partnerships (over 400) and leveraged funding ($8.5 million).

Services/Programs Offered

Community School Engagement Strategy in FY13 the Family League implemented a new strategy that braided together the previously independent work of Community Resource Schools (CRS) and Out of School Time (OST) Programs. Under this new Community and School Engagement Strategy Family League only invested in collaborative applications from schools and community partners that demonstrated strong principal commitment and intentional alignment to school and community goals. Baltimore’s Community Resource Schools are a network of partnerships between the school and other community resources that promote student achievement and family and community well-being with the support of a full-time site coordinator. Its integrated focus on academics, enrichment, health and social supports, youth and community development and family engagement leads to student success, strong families and healthy communities. Partnerships allow schools to become resources to the community and offer programs and opportunities that are open to all. Through the hard work of a range of partners, including community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, cultural institutions, universities and schools, Family League’s investment in out of school time programs provides children and youth the opportunity to enjoy a safe, nurturing environment to learn and play during out of school time/after school hours. Through participation children and youth will receive additional academic support, and practice time and will be afforded the opportunity to learn new skills, discover new talents, and develop interests in athletics and the arts. Additionally, children and youth will receive needed nutrition resources in the form of snacks and suppers provided through the Child and Adult Care Food Program. There are 38 Community Resource Schools in Baltimore City serving over 17,000 students and families. Connected to those 38 Community Resource Schools are 48 high quality Out of School Time programs with over 3,700 students enrolled and an average daily attendance of over 3,600 students. The following outcomes are being tracked and measured through Efforts to Outcomes (ETO Data System) School-Wide Outcomes School Attendance: • Increase in overall school attendance percentage. • Reduction in school-wide number/percentage of students who are chronically absent. • Maintain consistent rates of high School Climate: • Reduction in overall number of school suspensions. • Reduction in number / percentage of students who have repeat/multiple suspensions. • Increase in frequency of positive/purposeful interactions between school staff (teachers) and parents. Family and Community Engagement: • Increase the number/percentage of parents involved in activities that support their children’s education. • Increase number of parent and community volunteers. • Increase number of community partnerships. Student-Level Outcomes School Attendance: • Increase school attendance of participating students. • Reduction in number/percentage of participating students who are chronically absent. School Performance: • Increase the number/percentage of participating students who are reading at grade level (elementary school-aged) Student Behavior: • Reduction in suspensions of participating students. Youth Development: • Participants gain skills (academic and/or non-academic) • Participants have assets, attitudes and resources they need to succeed in school.

Partnerships

Baltimore City Foundation
BELL Foundation, Inc.
Boys and Girls Clubs
Child First Authority Liberty
Druid Heights Community Development Corporation
East Baltimore Development Inc/Elev8 Baltimore
Baltimore City Government, Office of the Mayor
Baltimore City Public School System
Community Corporation
Greater Homewood Community Corporation
Margaret Brent Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition, Inc.
Higher Achievement
Park Heights Renaissance
University of MD Baltimore
SWCOS – University of MD School of Social Work.
YMCA of Central Maryland
Maryland Governor's Office of Children

Results

·         Between the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 school years, the number of Guilford Elementary and Middle School kindergarten students who identified as fully ready in the area of language literacy increased 10.5%; mathematical thinking increased 18.7%; scientific thinking increased 21.8%; and social studies increased 11.9%
·         At Guilford, overall, attendance during PTO meetings increased by 50% between the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 school years
·         Between the 2006-2007 school years, the total number of short-term suspensions at Guilford decreased from 100 to 36; long-term suspensions decreased from 2 to 1

Funding Sources

The City of Baltimore initially invested nearly $5 million in Out-of-School Time funding coordinated through community school programming, which is managed by The Family League. For every $1 the city invests through the Family League in community schools, $4 to $7 is generated in services to children and their families that is leveraged from public and private sources at individual school sites and citywide, Family League officials said. These range from thousands of tutoring, mentoring and other volunteer hours to $3.5 million in the Healthy Suppers program to donated full-service health suites, early childhood centers and food pantries.

Resources for the Field

Initiative Demographics

Total: 84,212
Black/African American: 72,004
White/Caucasian: 6,696
Hispanic/Latino: 3,857


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