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Chris Caruso on New York City's community school expansion

The executive director of New York City’s community schools program, Caruso is responsible for delivering on one of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s core education promises: rapidly transforming hundreds of schools into community hubs with extra social services, additional learning time — and even washing machines. Read More >

Huffington Post: Creating more space for preventive care in schools

Children living in historically underserved communities, both in urban and rural areas, arrive to school with medical and behavioral needs that are often left unaddressed. Read More >

House Subcommittee funds federal after-school program

The Subcommittee of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved $1 billion for 21st Century Community Learning Centers, the federal after-school program that serves 1.6 million children across the nation. Read More >

Education Week: As schools tackle poverty, attendance goes up

Nearly three years later, the results at P.S. 123, with its 530 students, offer a small window into what the city’s larger initiative is seeing: an increase in student attendance and family participation in school activities, and a drop in chronic absenteeism, Read More >

Health Comes First in North Philadelphia Schools

Gov. Tom Wolf is allocating 1.5 million to North Philadelphia schools for a health initiative that will connect the schools to local children’s health services. Read More >

Huffington Post: Community Schools - The Solution to Education Reform Design

The Trump Administration’s education agenda endangers our public schools. Proposed budget cuts and investments in vouchers would harm communities’ capacity to educate our children and youth. Read More >

Philadelphia community schools awarded funding for health initiative

Pennsylvania Governer Tom Wolf awarded North Philadelphia community schools $1.5 million for a pilot health program seeking to improve health, attendance and academics at 4 elementary schools. Read More >

El Paso School District plans to expand community school initiative

The district has been partnering with non-profits organizations allowing them to provide resources within schools walls. This is currently happening in 4 schools, but Superintendent Juan Cabrera says they are looking to expand the initiative to the east side of the city. Read More >

Philadelphia schools using a community school approach to improve behavioral health access

After considering input from community members Kensington and William Cramp Elementary School in North Philadelphia have placed their focus on three main issues involving behavioral health in the schools: removing the stigma of seeking help, bringing more resources into the schools, and connecting parents with services outside the schools. Read More >

Baltimore city schools are implementing behavioral health programs

Grants received by Baltimore City are allowing schools and the Health Department a chance to concentrate on behavioral health services in traumatized neighborhoods, benefiting 13 schools and over 4,600 students. Read More >

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