The typical school day is designed with a focus on helping youth acquire grade level concepts and skills in the core academic subjects- reading, writing, math, science and social studies.


In the 20 years since our inception, The Children’s Aid Society National Center for Community Schools (NCCS) has witnessed a major trend—one that we describe as moving “from retail to wholesale.” Initially, we received requests from individual schools that wanted to transform themselves from traditional schools into community schools.

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On February 7, 2014 a group of New York State education and mental health officials visited the CAS National Center for Community Schools to hear about lessons learned by providers of mental health services in New York City public schools; and to consider the implications of these lessons for policy, funding and practice.

What's Informing Our Thinking

The book we recommend this month, Organizing Schools for Improvement: Lessons from Chicago, has been “informing our thinking” since it was first published in 2010. Led by Anthony S. Bryk, the president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, past and current researchers from the Consortium on Chicago School Research provide a detailed analysis of why students in 100 public elementary schools in Chicago were able to improve substantially in reading and math over a 7-year period and students in another 100 schools were not.