Citizen's Committee for Children of New York
On November 13, a group of adult learners involved in the Citizens' Committee for Children of New York Community Leadership Course visited P.S. 50 in East Harlem. The focus was on learning about the community school strategy. Visitors praised the knowledge and passion of the staff. One of the visit’s highlights was the Early Head Start program. Visitors were also impressed by how the partnership has been able to beautify the school building.
University of Central Florida and VHB Inc.
On November 18, Dr. Diane Trees, Associate Vice President, Division of Community Relations and Director of the University of Central Florida Metropolitan Center, and Jim Sellen, Principal-in-Charge of Planning and Urban Design, VHB Inc, visited the Mirabal Sisters Campus in Washington Heights to learn about the CAS community schools strategy. They were recommended by Dean Michael Frumkin, from the College of Health and Public Affairs at UCF.
Of particular interest were the parent/community engagement components; the comprehensive school-based health services; and the actual design of the building with the community in mind. The visitors expressed that the community school strategy will be a major influence as they move forward with the planning for the Parramore Healthy Community in Orlando.
Mayor's Interagency Task Force on Truancy, Chronic Absenteeims & School Engagement
On November 22nd, Leslie Cornfeld, chair of the Mayor’s Interagency Task Force on Truancy, Chronic Absenteeism & School Engagement, visited the Salomé Ureña de Henriquez Campus in Washington Heights. She met with CAS President and CEO Richard Buery a few weeks ago to learn more about our community schools, and wanted to see a school in action. She was particularly interested in how the strategy truly connects schools to community resources; and was impressed by the extent of the parent/community engagement and the comprehensive health components.