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The International Centre of Excellence for Community Schools

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International Update:
Community schools are not confined to the United States. In fact, there are thousands of institutions adopting and adapting this approach across the globe. Many of these adaptations have been inspired by the American movement. For example, professionals from 76 countries have visited Children’s Aid community schools since the first one opened in 1992.

Update on The School-Based Health Alliance

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School-based health centers (SBHCs) provide comprehensive care to children and adolescents in a setting that is trusted, familiar, and immediately accessible: their school. Over the past four decades, SBHCs have grown from a handful to nearly 2000 across the country. The School-Based Health Alliance (SBHA) has played a major role in the expansion.  

Providing the Right Health Care to the Right Youth, Where They Are and When They Need It

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School-based health centers (SBHCs) are considered by experts as one of the most effective ways to provide primary and preventive health care to children and youth where they are: in school.

Children's Aid Society Community Schools Bridge the Opportunity Gap

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Since 1992, the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) has been working in deep partnership with the New York City Department of Education to create community schools, a life-changing strategy that organizes the resources of the school and the community around student success.

Community Schools: A Strategy for Addressing the Growing Opportunity Gap

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The National Center for Community Schools convened 200 national community school leaders in New York City during mid-October for  our tenth biennial Practicum, organized around the theme  “Community Schools in Action: Addressing the Opportunity Gap.”   This invitational conference sought to highlight the latest research from multiple disciplines about the growing opportunity gap between more and less affluent children, and to showcase ways that community school initiatives across the country are responding to these inequities through concerted interventions.<

The Children's Aid Society Community Schools Embrace September as Attendance Awareness Month

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September 2013 is the first-ever National Attendance Awareness Month and, as one of the collaborating partners, The Children’s Aid Society National Center for Community Schools is encouraging our schools and our clients’ schools to participate in this crucial effort. Our goal is to convey one of the campaign’s key messages, “Absenteeism is a problem long before students start skipping classes in high school” --something many parents tend to ignore or do not know.

The Children's Aid Society 10th Community Schools Practicum Addresses the Opportunity Gap

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The timely theme of The Children’s Aid Society Community Schools 10th biennial practicum is the need for equity in education, a major cause of America’s growing social divide. We are delighted that from October 16 to 18, an action group of education, nonprofit and civic leaders, policy-makers and funders from around the country and abroad has accepted our invitation to meet in New York City to explore how the community school strategy can help close the opportunity gap. 

Central Florida: A New Day at Evans Community School

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There is excitement, pride and a feeling of a new beginning among students, parents, educators and the general community at the recently rebuilt Evans High School in Pine Hills, a neighborhood just west of Orlando in Orange County, Florida. The building is in fact a visual metaphor for this “new day” at the home of the “Trojans,” as the students call themselves.  

Across The Children's Aid Society, Summer Combines Constructive Fun and Quality Learning

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The summer break that for most affluent children offers exposure to continuous learning can become, for low-income students, a time of lost opportunity. Research shows that all students experience some learning loss in mathematics between June and August; but, unlike their more advantaged peers who make slight gains in reading, low-income students lose on average three months of proficiency if not exposed to enriching activities during summer. Many never recover, and the cumulative effect of this drop contributes to the widening achievement gap.

Summer Interns Praise Political Experience

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Dozens of teens gathered at The Children’s Aid Society’s National Center for Community Schools for the 2013 Internship Appreciation Ceremony on Friday, August 9 to celebrate the culmination of a memorable summer work experience.

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