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What's Informing Our Thinking

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To close the year on an optimistic note, we recommend The Opportunity Equation by Eric Schwarz, co-founder of Citizen Schools. He proposes that all citizens have the responsibility to help mend the growing opportunity gaps that affect millions of youngsters.

NCCS Supports Community Schools Development in the Czech Republic

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The Children’s Aid Society National Center for Community Schools (NCCS) has a longstanding relationship with community schools in the Czech Republic; we have hosted numerous Czech visitors over the past 20 years and participated in several events in Prague in 2007.

It Takes More Than a Community to Lead a Community School

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The notion that collectively we are better equipped to meet the needs of children and families resonates for all individuals closely connected to community school work. Most of us would agree that community schools could not survive without the resources and generosity of partners, but it is really the school principal who leads the charge. Sometimes in our excitement for moving the community school strategy forward, buy-in from the principal gets overlooked.  So here’s a noteworthy idea: principals are essential!

Sustained Success: Benefits of High Quality Early Childhood Education

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For more than 40 years, The Children’s Aid Society has offered high quality early childhood services to New York City’s youngest children, particularly those most affected by poverty, through federal Head Start and Early Head Start funding, as well as state, city, and private dollars. In the mid-1990s, Children’s Aid connected its early childhood programs (ECPs) to the community school strategy at P.S. 5 and P.S. 8, creating a model that surrounds children with support services to enhance long-term success in school.

Thank you for making Roman Holiday a success!

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Grazie Amici!

Last month, the Associates Council hosted our 18th annual fall fundraiser, “Roman Holiday.” The event was held at Bread & Tulips, a cozy and rustic-chic restaurant in New York’s Gramercy area and gathered 130 guests to raise funds and awareness for The Children’s Aid Society’s (CAS) foster care program.

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Port Richmond High School, New York Center for Interpersonal Development, and YMCA of Staten Island

What's Informing Our Thinking

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The Tangible Benefits of School-Based Dental Care

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Poor oral health can lead not only to attendance and academic problems but also to other serious health issues. “Dental care in school-based settings brings tangible benefits because it is often the only access to preventive dentistry services a child from a low-income family may have,” said Adria Cruz, director of school-based health centers (SBHC) for The Children’s Aid Society .

Chicago Community Schools: Guided by Continuous Improvement

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The National Center for Community Schools has enjoyed a very productive relationship with the Chicago Community Schools Initiative (CSI) since its inception by providing initial and ongoing technical assistance as well as learning from their considerable successes over the years. We have also partnered with the University of Chicago’s preparation program for community school coordinators that is described below.

November is Adoption Awareness Month

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