CAS’s Jane Quinn Honored at National Forum

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The Community Schools 2014 National Forum in Cincinnati last week honored a handful of tireless education leaders and champions of the community schools model, including Children’s Aid staff member Jane Quinn. As the Vice President and Director of the National Center for Community Schools (NCCS), Jane was presented with the Joy Dryfoos Community Schools Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her role as a leader, cultivator and modern-day pillar of the community school movement.

The community schools model that Jane has advanced throughout her career was originally developed by The Children’s Aid Society in partnership with other CBOs, and is gaining momentum as it spreads under the guidance of NCCS throughout New York City and across the country. A community school uses public schools as hubs, and brings together many partners to offer a range of supports and opportunities to students, their families and members of the neighborhood—essentially transforming the school into a true center of the community. The services are offered during the day and also while school is not in session, and can enhance academics with programs such as college workshops and after-school enrichment, and improve health and family with opportunities such as mental health care or parenting skills classes. This unique type of community engagement and services offered lead to improved student learning, as well as stronger families and healthier communities.