Full-Service Community Schools Program (FSCS)

84.215J

Discretionary/Competitive Grants

School Choice and Improvement Programs

What’s New?

Thank you for joining the Department and the Learning Policy Institute for a virtual discussion with practitioners and researchers on May 26, from 1 to 2 p.m. Eastern Time, about what it takes to operate a quality, sustainable community school; how community schools have enabled educators to support students through the pandemic; and what makes community schools an effective strategy for supporting the whole child. We will post a recording of the session as soon as possible.

Please Note: This was the first session in a new learning series: “Community Schools: An Evidence-Based Whole Child Approach to Education.”  The Department values comprehensive whole child strategy as a promising method for addressing the impacts of the pandemic on schools and students and reimagining public schools to better serve all students.

Program Overview

The Full-Service Community Schools (FSCS) program provides support for the planning, implementation, and operation of full-service community schools that improve the coordination, integration, accessibility, and effectiveness of services for children and families, particularly for children attending high-poverty schools, including high-poverty rural schools.  The FSCS program was re-authorized under Title IV through Community Support for School Success, sections 4621-4623 and 4625 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESEA).

Types of Projects

FSCS provide comprehensive academic, social, and health services for students, students’ family members, and community members that will result in improved educational outcomes for children. These services may include:

  • high-quality early learning programs and service;
  • accelerated learning aligned with academic supports and other enrichment activities, providing students with a comprehensive academic program;
  • family engagement, including parental involvement, parent leadership, family literacy, and parent education programs;
  • mentoring and other youth development programs;
  • community service and service learning opportunities;
  • programs that provide assistance to students who have been chronically absent, truant, suspended, or expelled;
  • job training and career counseling services;
  • nutrition services and physical activities;
  • primary health and dental care;
  • activities that improve access to and use of social service programs and programs that promote family financial stability; mental health services; and
  • adult education, including instruction of adults in English as a second language.

Contact Information

  • Jane Hodgdon
    Full-Service Community Schools Program
    Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
    U.S. Department of Education
    400 Maryland Ave SW
    Washington, DC 20202