Support the COZ Community Service Grant

Rhode Island’s community service grants are currently under intense scrutiny. We want parents, teachers and the greater community to know that a community service grant provides the core funding for our ten Child Opportunity Zones operating in public schools throughout the state. The money is administered through the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), which requires extensive biannual reporting from each site. The community service grant provides a foundation for each of our sites to leverage additional funds for direct programs and services. COZs leverage an average of ten times these core funds with federal and state grants, as well as with support from private, corporate and community foundations. Rhode Island’s Child Opportunity Zones focus on the following core areas: early childhood programs that ensure kindergarteners enter school ready to learn; before, after school and summer enrichment programs; health and mental health wellness; parent and family engagement; and adult education and workforce training. We are committed to the whole child approach to education, which recognizes that academic success is closely intertwined with the social and emotional wellbeing of each student and family. When our children thrive and succeed, we will move forward as a state. Please support the continued existence of Rhode Island’s Child Opportunity Zones.


-Carolyn Birbiglia, Director, Rhode Island Partnership for Community Schools

Reading Room

June 6, 2016
When half the pupils are homeless, schools must serve unique role in The New York Times

May 22, 2016
The lifetime benefits of early childhood parental supports and home visits in The New York Times

May 18, 2016
Community schools in NY find creative ways to boost attendance in DNAinfo

May 4, 2016
"Place-based" work helps students in rural Kentucky in HomeRoom: The Official Blog of the US Department of Education

April 29, 2016
Community schools seen as way out for some schools in NY state receivership in

April 13, 2016
Philadelphia officials discuss April’s national community schools conference in Albuquerque: momentum clearly gaining in Philadelphia Public Schools "The Notebook"

April 4, 2016
Albuquerque finds success with its 20 community schools in The Albuquerque Journal

March 23, 2016
Philadelphia mayor plans to establish 25 community schools over next four years in

March 11, 2016
The Director of the Coalition for Community Schools, Martin Blank, comments on the potential impact of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in The Washington Post

March 10, 2016
The Coalition for Community Schools publishes its latest research paper, “Transforming Struggling Schools into Thriving Schools”

March 1, 2016
New York State sets $250 million funding goal for community schools

February 22, 2016
Two superintendents discuss community school successes and lessons

February 11, 2016
David Denby of The New Yorker urges an increase in health and social services to improve student outcomes

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