Children's Aid Community Schools Cited as "High-Performing" Model in Governor-Elect Cuomo's Urban Education Agenda
New York State Governor-Elect Andrew Cuomo recently issued a blueprint for urban education reform in New York State. This 100+ page document cites Community Schools as an exemplary model for school reform and family support and further highlights The Children’s Aid Society’s Community Schools in New York City as a “high-performing” example of this strategy in action.
The report notes that “community schools join together the public schools system with community-based organizations to implement a curriculum that is focused on building stronger communities through both youth and adult programming. Community schools are typically open year-round, after school and on weekends.” The report goes on to observe that “many of the country’s high-performing Community Schools are located in New York City,” and then cites The Children’s Aid Society’s “national model for community schools” that encompasses 21 sites in New York City and that has produced demonstrable results in student academic performance, parental involvement, higher student and teacher attendance, and improved student physical and mental health.