The National Community School Movement

Coalition for Community Schoolsresearch, legislation, videos, webinars, and an array of resources about community schools.
For past webinars:
Resources for starting a community school:

National Center for Community Schoolsan initiative of the Children’s Aid Society, supporting New York City community schools as well as national research about community schools

Netter Center for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania: together with the Coalition for Community Schools, organizes the University-Assisted Community Schools Network

Communities in Schools: linking community resources to public schools

Other State Community School Initiatives

ABC Community School Partnership (Albuquerque)

Family League of Baltimore (55 schools in Baltimore City)

Chicago Public Schools Community Schools Initiative

Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation (Indiana)

The Federation for Community Schools (Illinois-includes a helpful advocacy toolkit)

Oakland Community Schools (please note their excellent 6-minute video and research published in conjunction with the Gardner Center at the Stanford Graduate School of Education)

San Francisco Beacon Initiative

SUN Service System (Schools Uniting Neighborhoods: Multnomah County, OR)

National Organizations of Interest

Learning First Alliance

National ASCD: a whole child approach to learning

Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility

School-Based Health Alliance

Whole Child Education: The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child approach developed by ASCD and CDC

Local Organizations of Interest

The College Crusade of RI

Connecting for Children & Families

Dorcas International Institute of RI

Center for Southeast Asians

Learning First Alliance RI

Progreso Latino

Rhode Island Afterschool Plus Alliance

Rhode Island ASCD

RI Department of Education

RI Department of Health (health equity zones)

RI Kids Count

*This list is a work in progress. Please contact RIPCS for possible inclusion.

Reading Room

April 1, 2017
Community schools are public schools in The New York Times

February 7, 2017
Syracuse, NY seeks alternative to punishment culture at schools in The Crime Report (.org)

January 11, 2017
Improved communications in Milwaukee community schools on Wisconsin Public radio (

November 7, 2016
Community schools formally added to Baltimore schools portfolio in The Baltimore Sun

October 29, 2016
Nudges that help struggling students succeed in The New York Times

September 29, 2016
The 4 traits that put kids at risk for addiction in The New York Times

Fall 2016
Community schools help afterschool flourish in Afterschool Today

August 7, 2016
An effective but exhausting alternative to high school suspensions in The New York Times Magazine

August 22, 2016
Erie set to launch community school pilot program in

August 16, 2016
Community schools partnership works to embrace Milwaukee's children in On Milwaukee

August 9, 2016
NEA publishes article in support of community schools in NEA Today

August 6, 2016
David Kirp on school health services and NY community schools in The New York Times

August 2, 2016
Dallas community schools and politics in The Dallas Observer

July 2016
How marginalized families are pushed out of PTAs in The Atlantic

July 13, 2016
Pittsburgh School Board to vote on 'community schools' approach in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

June 26, 2016
Kids Count reports RI ranks 27th in child well-being in Providence Business Journal

June 24, 2016
Kids Count reports more RI kids in poverty but fewer uninsured in RI NPR

June 23, 2016
How community schools can beat summer learning loss in SFGate

June 6, 2016
When half of the pupils are homeless, schools serve important 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

Map of Rhode Island’s Community Schools