General Community School 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 fiscal year (FY) 2023 Full Service Community Schools (FSCS) Grant Competition, please visit the FY 2023 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- Logic Models

  • Full-Service Community Schools Technical Assistance: Logic Models The FSCS Team delivered and recorded a technical assistance webinar on logic models for the FY 2022 FSCS grantees on March 23, 2023. Slides and the transcript are also available.
  • Theory of Action for Community School Transformation This tool explains the activities grantees can take and the expected outcomes from those activities as they implement essential elements of community schools. This logic model also describes key structures that support schools to grow and sustain community schools.

Part IV: FSCS Program Data Collection and Reporting Guidance

Part V: 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 VI: Community Schools – Other Resources & Links

PART VII: Community Schools – Other Federal Resources & Links

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • White House Toolkit on Federal Resources to Support Community Schools – This toolkit, released by the White House in 2023, provides an overview of federal funding sources that maybe used to support community schools. Each funding source includes information about how it can support community school activities and additional information for interested grantees. It also highlights other Department of Education and non-governmental resources to support community school financing and implementation.