The purpose of the Rhode Island Partnership for Community Schools is to mobilize state resources in promotion of the community school model as a proven strategy for increasing student success.



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What is a Community School?

A community school is a partnership between the school, families, and community partners for the common goal of improving the academic success of our young people.


Using schools as the hub, community schools integrate academic, health and social services to offer a range of supports and opportunities that lead to improved student learning, stronger families, and healthier communities. These schools are open to students, families, and community organizations before, during, and after school, and throughout the year.


Community schools contain an array of supports from community partners that give students and families the tools they need to learn and grow. Following a collective impact model approach, community school services are coordinated by a school or community agency employee, responsive to school and community priorities, and aligned to the curriculum.


Why Community Schools?

Community Schools are a comprehensive approach to education that builds the academic, social, and emotional competencies of children and their families. Community schools leverage resources beyond traditional education funding and can reduce demands on school budgets and school staff. And, community schools build social capital by establishing networks and relationships that support learning and community involvement.


Evaluations of community schools from sites around the country have demonstrated improved academic performance, improved student and teacher attendance, improved graduation rates, improved school climate, improved student behavior, and increased parent involvement. The National Education Policy Center and Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education published a research brief that summarizes the compelling research that community school programs have on improving student outcomes and strengthening families (12/15).

View the research here


Furthermore, an independent analysis by The Finance Project of two community schools operated by Children’s Aid Society in New York City found a social return on investment ratio of 10.3 to 1.0 at one school and 14.8 to 1.0 at the second school. This means that for every $1 invested, the community school delivered a return of $10.30 and $14.80 in social value.


What happens in a Community School?

Community schools offer whole-child, two-generation wraparound supports for students and families, including:


  • Student-centered instruction
  • Early childhood education
  • Out-of-School Time Enrichment Programming
  • Supplemental academic supports
  • Health & Wellness Services
  • Adult Education (e.g. ESL, GED)
  • Workforce Training Programs
  • Financial Literacy & Coaching
  • Regular, Meaningful Family Engagement Activities
  • Case Management and Referrals to Social Services
  • Housing and Employment Assistance



While community school models look different across the country, the following six conditions unite all initiatives:


  1. Early childhood development programs are available to nurture growth and development.
  2. The school offers a core instructional program delivered by qualified teachers; instruction is organized around a challenging curriculum anchored by high standards and expectations for students.
  3. Students are motivated and engaged in learning in both school and community settings before, during, and after school and in the summer.
  4. The basic physical, mental, and emotional health needs of young people and their families are recognized and addressed.
  5. Parents, families, and school staff demonstrate mutual respect and engage in effective collaboration.
  6. Community engagement, together with school efforts, promotes a school climate that is safe, supportive, and respectful and that connects students to a broader learning community.

Community Schools of Rhode Island
COZ Network


Bristol Warren Family Resource Center

50 Asylum Road, Warren, RI  02885

401-245-1460 x 8077 •


Central Falls

Administration Building

949 Dexter Street, Central Falls, RI  02863

401-721-2885  •



Cranston Family Center/COZ

50 Gladstone Street, Cranston, RI  02920

401-270-8211 •



Serving: Aquidneck/Forest/Gaudet Schools
(Office at Gaudet)

1113 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown, RI 02842

401-261-6773 •



Newport Family and Child Opportunity Zone

35 Dexter Street, Newport, RI  02840

401-842-1925 ext.1 •


North Kingstown

Office of Family Learning/NKSD

50 East Court

North Kingstown, RI  02852

401-541-6353 •



Pawtucket School Department

286 Main Street

401-729-6293 •



Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island

220 Elmwood Ave, Providence, RI  02907

401-784-8764 •



Westerly Public Schools

93 Tower Street, Westerly, RI  02891

401-348-2790 •



Connecting for Children & Families

46 Hope Street

Woonsocket, RI  02895

401-766-3384 •


Community schools also focus on family and community education and engagement as a means to support student learning.

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