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Wraparound Intervention Proves Effective in Strengthening Vulnerable Families

A study published in Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services has found that wraparound interventions help strengthen families and reduce child maltreatment in Florida. Patricia Nellius, CEO of Brevard Family Partnership, attributes these successful outcomes to “early engagement and strong inclusive partnerships with youth and families using high fidelity Wraparound care coordination.” Read More >

Press Release: D.C. MAYOR, COUNCIL INCREASE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS INVESTMENT

06/18/15

The Coalition for Community Schools applauds the District of Columbia’s Mayor Muriel Bowser and D.C. Council for their increased investment in community schools. The approved Fiscal Year 2016 budget adds $266,000 to the $1 million program. This money will support an additional community school and a study on the city’s community school initiative. Read More >

Summer Meal Program Feeds Youth

The Madison County Community Schools have implemented a summer breakfast/lunch meal for families in struggling times. Many of the students rely on the free/reduced meals during the school year but are left hungry during the summer. Madison's community schools continue to be neighborhood hubs with open their doors to students and families in need of food during the summer. Read More >

Moran: Community Schools Grants Spur Programming in Auburn

In 2013, the Auburn Enlarged City School District received a community schools grant, and since then they have established many outstanding programs. Their main focus has been dental services, so they partnered with the East Hill Family Medical Center to provide dental screenings and services for kids who need it. Additionally, they now offer after school programming, depression screening, mental health counseling, and look forward to implementing Second Step, a bullying prevention program. Read More >

Allentown School District to get Another Community School

Allentown School District is establishing Raub Middle School as its sixth community school in the district. The schools have partnered with a number of outside partners including the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley. They intend on continuing to establish community schools, focusing on 22 schools in particular that have expressed need. The district is looking forward to seeing academic improvement following the transformation of traditional schools into community schools. Read More >

Changes to High School Guide Reflect New Push for Community Schools, Family-Friendly Data

Every year New York publishes a high school directory with the intent of guiding students, families, teachers, and administrators through high school. The directory for the 2015-16 school year has been released and it reflects Mayor de Blasio’s mission to establish more community schools throughout the state. This is just one of the many ways the de Blasio administration is making sure that community schools become a top priority in the upcoming school year. Read More >

Letter: Assembly Should Pass Community Schools Act

Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes recently introduced the Community Schools Act to legislators in Buffalo. This bill would provide funds to low-income and low-performing schools so they can provide the necessary services that their students need. The city of Buffalo hopes to transform their traditional schools into community schools so students can focus more on the classroom and learning. Read More >

Every Child Deserves the Right to a Good Education

Community schools are being seen as both a new and old idea in educational reform. Schools are becoming neighborhood hubs providing holistic services, similar to the very first schools established in our nation. Cities such as Cincinnati, Nashville, and Providence have implemented community schools and students’ academic achievement has soared. Every child deserves the right to attend a school that can fully support them, and community schools assures to do just that. Read More >

Rawlings-Blake to Announce $4.2 Million in After-School Funding

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake plans to announce an additional $4.2 million in funding towards after-school and summer-school programs. She says that she wants to make Baltimore a city people want to live in, and intends on doing this by strengthening the sense of community through the implementation of community schools. Family League of Baltimore and the Associated Black Charities will be receiving a portion of the funding to help develop the programs. Read More >

MPS Weighing Options for Community Schools

The Montgomery County Board of Education in Alabama unanimously decided to allow Superintendent Margaret Allen to “explore and participate” in the design of the community school strategy. The idea of making the school the hub of the community and offering additional services and hours appealed to the board as they saw the advantages and benefits of after-school programs and reduced school lunches. Read More >

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