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Nine Months and Five Years to Get Ready For Kindergarten

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As families and friends are preparing baby showers—with a focus on games, favors, formula, and diaper bags—Children’s Aid community schools with early childhood programming (for ages 0 through 5) are planning innovative ideas and recommendations in anticipation of the learning needs of that newborn student and his or her family.

What's Informing Our Thinking

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Equity and ESSA: Leveraging Educational Opportunity Through the Every Student Succeeds Act
By Channa M. Cook-Harvey, Linda Darling-Hammond, Livia Lam, Charmaine Mercer, and Martens Roc

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December 7
Communities in Schools National Office, Alexandria, Virginia

The Power of Authentic Family and Community Engagement

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On a post-election Tuesday last month, the Children’s Aid Parent Coordinator Fatima Reyes facilitated a discussion among 52 parents about strategies families can use to get through tough times. This session was part of an early morning Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) meeting at one of the three middle schools at the Mirabal Sisters Campus (MSC), a Children’s Aid community school since 1994.

Re-Imagining of Community Schools in Flint Gains Momentum

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The last three school years have been remarkable in terms of growth for the Flint Community Schools Initiative (FCS)—as the work moved from an initial pilot in two elementary schools on one campus in 2014-15, to three additional elementary schools in 2015-16, to the entire District (11 schools, including two high schools) this Fall.

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November 15
State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development, and Triway International Group, China 

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Dutch Coalition for Community Schools

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When you think of the Netherlands, the first thing that might come to your mind is probably Amsterdam, famous for its Rembrandts, the red light district, and its smoky coffee shops. The older generation might think of windmills, tulips, and wooden shoes.

Besides our rich culture, we also have primary education in the Netherlands. At the age of 4 our children start their education at a primary school. Did you know that a very important development in the Netherlands is the realization of the Brede School (community schools), the so-called ”child centers”?

The Power of University and Community School Partnerships

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Community schools are engines of opportunity in many regions across the United States and increasingly, we can argue, across the globe. These complex, multi-dimensional engines can’t operate efficiently without strong partners who help maximize gains and remove obstacles to student learning. Without a doubt, universities, with their immense wealth of resources, are ideal potential partners.

Let’s Give Thanks for Children’s Aid Go!Healthy Programs

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This month we celebrate the ever-expanding work the Children’s Aid Go!Healthy programs have been doing for over a decade. We are thankful for having been able to plant the seeds of healthy foods and healthy lifestyles in thousands of New York City’s children and families at our community centers and community schools. We’ve been providing cooking and nutrition instruction for our youth, parents, and staff, along with supporting community health and wellness activities.

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