Why It Works

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Research and common sense tell us that children do better in school when the major influences on their learning and development — family, school and community resources — work together.

In a community school, parents and community leaders play active roles in the school. Parents are encouraged to get involved in their children’s education, as well as take adult education classes, get advice and support, learn how to help their children succeed in school, meet other parents and create their own programs, support groups and activities.

The community schools strategy works because it builds on a strong body of research. Parent involvement yields results, as does providing children with enriched learning experiences during out-of-school time and providing ongoing access to good medical, dental and mental health services.

Taken together, all the evidence of what works points to the community school model.