General Resources

The purpose of this resource page is to provide general information on topics related to community schools.  For information and resources related to the FY 2022 FSCS Grant Competition, please visit the FY 2022 FSCS Program Application Information and Competition page.

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PART I: Community Schools Learning Series

The Department values a 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.  As part of our commitment to improving outcomes for all students, we have partnered with several organizations to develop a learning series that explores the development and implementation of community schools.

PART II: Community Schools – General Information

PART III: Community Schools- Research, Strategies & Practices

The following LINK offers resources that highlight research, strategies, and practices as it relates to the development, implementation, and sustainability of community schools.

PART IV: Community Schools – Other Resources & Links

  • Center for Universal Education at Brookings– The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Their mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.
  • The Children’s Aid Society – The Children’s Aid Society helps children in poverty to succeed and thrive. This is done by providing comprehensive supports to children, youth, and their families in targeted high-needs New York City neighborhoods.
  • Coalition for Community Schools – The Coalition is dedicated to advancing this mission through a shared set of principles: to build on community strengths, invest in trusting relationships, and a commitment to continuous improvement. The Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) is the home of the Coalition for Community Schools, acting as the intermediary between the Coalition’s national intermediaries and place-based networks.
  • Comprehensive Center Network (CCNETWORK) – The CCNETWORK comprises the National Comprehensive Center and 19 Regional Comprehensive Centers. The centers were funded by the US Department of Education to provide capacity-building services to state educational agencies regional educational agencies, local educational agencies, and schools that improve educational outcomes for all students, close achievement gaps, and improve the quality of instruction.
  • Institute for Education Leadership (IEL) – IEL leaders to work together across boundaries to build effective systems that prepare children and youth for postsecondary education, careers, and citizenship.
  • The Learning Policy Institute (LPI) – LPI conducts and communicates independent, high-quality research to improve education policy and practice. Working with policymakers, researchers, educators, community groups, and others, the Institute seeks to advance evidence-based policies that support empowering and equitable learning for each and every child.
  • National Center for Community Schools (NCCS) – NCCS’ mission is to transform education by partnering with schools, districts, community partners, government agencies, and other stakeholders to create and sustain community schools.
  • National Education Policy Center (NEPC) – The mission of NEPC is to produce and disseminate high-quality, peer-reviewed research to inform education policy discussions. We are guided by the belief that the democratic governance of public education is strengthened when policies are based on sound evidence.
  • Partnership For the Future of Learning – The Partnership for the Future of Learning brings together a diverse network of individuals and organizations with a deep commitment to an equitable, high-quality, public education system. Together, we promote policies to strengthen this system, and call attention to schools that are making learning rigorous, relevant, engaging, and available for every student.
  • Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Program – The ten RELs partner with educators and policymakers nationwide. RELs collaborate with school districts, state departments of education, and other education stakeholders to help generate and apply evidence, with the goal of improving learner outcomes. RELs contribute to the growing body of research on how experiences within the nation’s education system differ by context and student group, thereby impacting outcomes and identifying potential solutions.
  • Research for Action – Research for Action is a nonprofit education research organization. The organization use field-driven insights to advance equity in opportunities and outcomes for underserved students and their families along the early childhood to postsecondary education pipeline.
  • U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)- Administration for Children and Families (ACYF) – ACYF oversees major federal programs that support: (1) social services that promote the growth and development of children, youth and their families, (2) protective services and shelter for children and youth in at-risk situations and, (3) adoption for children with special needs. These programs provide financial assistance to states, community-based organizations, and academic institutions to provide services, carry out research and demonstration activities, and manage training, technical assistance, and information dissemination.
  • U.S. Department of Health & Human Services – School-Based Health Centers – Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) oversees the school-based health center program, which funds partnerships between the school and community health organizations, such as a community health center, hospital, or local health department. The specific services provided by school-based health centers vary based on community needs and resources as determined through collaborations between the community, the school district and the health care providers.