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Community Schools, Early Education, and Family Engagement: a Powerful Combination to Boost Student Success

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The National Center for Community Schools has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with the Redwood City (CA) School District and Redwood City 2020, going back to our shared participation in the Academy for Community Schools Development, a three-year professional development effort sponsored by Stanford University’s John Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities.

Children’s Aid Community Schools and City Connects: Partnering to Help Students Thrive

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The missions of The Children’s Aid Society (“To help children in poverty to succeed and thrive”) and City Connects (“To have every child engage and learn in school by connecting each child with the tailored set of intervention, prevention, and enrichment services he or she needs to thrive”) truly complement each other.

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December 22
Leake and Watts Services and The Biondi School,
Yonkers, New York

Alan Mucatel, the executive director from Leake and Watts Services, along with Robyn Jacobson, its director of behavioral health, and Lauren Schultz, the communication associate, and Don Antonecchia, assistant executive director of the Biondi School, will visit the Salomé Ureña de Henriquez Campus.

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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November 3
Port Richmond High School, New York Center for Interpersonal Development, and YMCA of Staten Island

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