The success of Orlando’s Evans High School as a community school has ignited interest across the state of Florida and led to an increasing demand for assistance to begin similar efforts. The University of Central Florida’s (UCF) College of Health and Public Affairs responded to this demand by founding the Center for Community Schools and Child Welfare Innovation on UCF’s Orlando campus in the fall of 2014.
At the national conference on homelessness, held by The Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness (ICPH) in New York City this month, strategic partnerships, such as community schools, were underlined as promising approaches when dealing with the complex, ever-growing challenge of educating transient students.
The Children’s Aid Society has been a close partner of the School-Based Health Alliance since its inception. We share a common goal to secure larger public investments in school-based health centers (SBHCs) so that more children have easy access to this much-needed service.