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This month we recommend “School-Based Health Care: Advancing Educational Success and Public Health.” Edited by Jeanita W. Richardson and Terri D. Wright.  Published by APHA Press.

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September 8 to 10
Manchester, Connecticut, Public School District

A group of eight key members of the district’s Family and Community Engagement Planning Team, which included representatives from community-based organizations as well as the Youth Service Bureau and the Office of Neighborhoods and Families of the town of Manchester, visited the National Center for Community Schools (NCCS) and the Salomé Ureña de Henriquez Campus (SU Campus).

School Year 2014-2015 at Children’s Aid Community Schools: Filled with Excitement and Promise

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The beginning of a school year is always exciting. The new start offers opportunities to build on the successes of previous years while addressing those evolving issues everyone has committed tackling. We are thrilled about the 2014-15 school year for several reasons.

First, we have just spent the summer providing fun and engaging learning experiences to nearly 2,500 campers in grades K-8. We focused on preventing summer learning loss through the following programs:

From 8 to 81: Sustaining Momentum in Scaling Up

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This fall, as the Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) Community School initiative celebrates its 15th anniversary, an additional 11 community school sites are opening their doors, bringing the total number to 81 and the community school strategy to all the most vulnerable neighborhoods in Portland/Multnomah County, Oregon.

What's Informing Our Thinking

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This month we recommend “Leveraging Time for School Equity: Indicators to Measure More and Better Learning Time,” published in July by the Annenberg Institute for School Reform (AISR). The report provides a set of clear indicators to rely upon as the commun

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Child Center of New York and Middle School 72, Woodside, Queens, New York

August 29 (postponed)
Key leaders from one of the newly funded New York State Education Department (NYSED) community school grantees—Middle School 72 Principal Omotayo Cineus and Community School Coordinator Amanda Etienne from Child Center of New York—will visit the National Center for Community Schools and the Mirabal Sisters Campus in Washington Heights.

School-based Mental Health Services: Helping Teachers Teach and Students Cope and Succeed

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School-based mental health services can play a key role in the early detection of mental illness and in linking students with effective services and supports. Early intervention helps in the process not only the child but also the educators and the family, while improving school safety. At Children’s Aid community schools, mental health services are among the most valued by educators and administrators alike, perhaps because most teachers are in dire need of support on how to identify and manage mental health issues and stressors that students bring into the school.

Full-Service Community Schools Legislation Gains Bipartisan Support in Congress

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In an effort to help narrow the opportunity gap, House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-Maryland) and House Representative Aaron Schock (R-Illinois) recently introduced the Full-Service Schools Act of 2014, also known as HR 5168. This legislation proposes a federal appropriation to expand full-service K-12 community schools across the United States.  HR 5168 asks for the authorization of five-year grants from the U.S.

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Study Visit: Trinidad and Tobago Housing Development Corporation (HDC)

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Study Visit: Trinidad and Tobago Housing Development Corporation (HDC)

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