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NCCS Works with NYC Mayor’s Task Force on Truancy and Absenteeism

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The Children’s Aid Society, through our National Center for Community Schools (NCCS), began providing technical assistance to the Mayor’s Interagency Task Force Every Student, Every Day Initiative in 2010.   

Community Schools and "Mind in The Making" A Win-Win Collaboration

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“Mind in the Making (MITM)  and Community Schools: Crossing Boundaries and Creating Strong Linkages for Children Birth through Eight and for their Families,” is a collaborative project among The Families and Work Institute, the Institute for Educational Leadership  and The Children’s Aid Society’s National Center for Community Schools that began i

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Study Visit to CAS Schools in Washington Heights by New York State Governor’s Office, NYS State Education Department and the Council on Children and Families

2012-13, A Remarkable Year for Parent and Family Engagement at Children's Aid Society Community Schools

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Creating programs that are rooted in research is a significant practice at Children’s Aid. This is true of our work with parents and family, since decades of research show that their engagement is critical to student academic success. Higher test scores and graduation rates, as well as increased motivation and self-esteem, are just some of the benefits of parent engagement.  Even more than socioeconomic background, an engaged parent is a reliable predictor of improved academic performance.

Social Return on Investment: A Powerful Tool for Communicating – The Monetary Value of Community Schools

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A new study on Social Return on Investment (SROI) of community schools offers compelling evidence of the strategy’s impact on children, families and communities.  With support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Children’s Aid Society National Center for Community Schools (NCCS) contracted with The Finance Project (TFP) to conduct a study to determine the SROI of two of its full-service community schools, P. S.

National Center for Community Schools Partners with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to Address Summer Learning Loss

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The National Center for Community Schools (NCCS) was invited by Boys & Girls Clubs of America to help develop its “Brain Gain” summer enrichment curriculum, which will be piloted in 250 Clubs across the country this summer.  NCCS is drawing on The Children’s Aid Society’s years of experience designing summer camp programs in our community schools, community centers and Wagon Road Camp as well as on our national ca

From the Associates Council: The Hearts at the End of the Road

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In the Wizard of Oz, the Tin Man meets Dorothy and states his yearning desire for a heart. He travels all the way to the Emerald City, along with the Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow, merely to obtain a heart--one he deservingly receives, yet most likely already had.

From the Associates Council: Over the Rainbow and Back Again

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In my last blog post, I wrote about the abundance of heart within the Associates Council's spring event committee and our lively path down the “yellow brick road.” Today, I am thrilled to announce that we successfully reached our destination, the great Emerald City.

From the Associates Council: The Brains Behind Emerald City

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From the Associates Council: Turn on the Technicolor

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Remember the moment when Dorothy wakes up after the tornado, opens the door and finds herself in Munchkinland? Imagine seeing all that color at a time when almost every movie was black and white, and televisions didn't even exist. The Wizard of Oz is a paradigm of the Technicolor era, and despite the common misconception that it was colorized decades later, the 1939 film was originally and intentionally shot in sepia (Kansas) and Technicolor (Oz).

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