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Community Schools Partnerships

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Community Schools Partnerships

Community schools partnerships are strategies to improve outcomes for children, families and the greater community through intentional alignment of and access to services and support from non-profits, businesses, social service organizations and government agencies. Through collaboration, community schools partnerships enhance delivery of services.

Community schools partnerships are strategies to improve outcomes for children, families and the greater community through intentional alignment of and access to services and support from non-profits, businesses, social service organizations and government agencies. Through collaboration, community schools partnerships enhance delivery of services.

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About the CCS Partnership Community Schools Toolkit

The Cities Counties Schools (CCS) Partnership online toolkit helps local agency elected officials and staff understand, support and build community schools partnerships. The toolkit is filled with resources that offer strategies, examples of successful partnerships in urban, suburban and rural communities, lessons learned, and templates for different types of community schools partnerships. The toolkit was developed with generous support provided by Kaiser Permanente, the United Way of the Bay Area, the Stuart Foundation and CCS’ partner associations, the League of California Cities, the California State Association of Counties and the California School Boards Association.

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Policy Makers and Agency Officials on Community Schools
Video Series

Local and state-level decision-makers have a huge impact on the implementation and vision for community schools partnerships. This series of videos showcases leaders’ perspectives on the value and offerings of community schools partnerships.

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Setting Up for Success & Overcoming Challenges

Setting Up for Success & Overcoming Challenges

In order to initiate, sustain and enhance partnerships it is helpful to identify any operational, legal and/or regulatory barriers in building those partnerships. This section includes lessons learned within specific California and national experiences.

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What is a Community School Partnership?

Community Schools Partnerships offer communities the opportunity to support the needs of children and families with an intentional, enhanced and supported academic, social and emotional health experience in the school setting as well as at other local agency and community-based sites.

Best practices include:

  • Tailored Community School Partnership Experience
  • Creating, Developing and Establishing Assets and Resources In Your Community
  • Rural, Urban and Suburban Experiences Are Unique
  • Start Small, Scale Up
  • Community and Family Engagement
  • Leadership and Governance: Informal or Formal
  • Funding: Leverage current funding resources and/or find-create additional sustainable funding sources
  • Evaluation of Programs and Services
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Community School Partnerships Models Around California

This section of the toolkit includes sample community school partnerships involving one or more cities, counties and schools working with community-based organizations, parents and / or families.  This section of the toolkit will continue to grow.  Local agencies and organizations that would like to share their community’s partnership example are welcome to do so by contacting the CCS Partnership.

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Resources to Learn More: Research, Guides and Other Toolkits

Many outstanding organizations offer excellent information and research about community school partnerships.

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Resources: Partnerships for Rural, Suburban and Urban Communities

The resources listed here offer perspective on partnerships for rural, suburban and urban communities.

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Wanted: Examples of Community Schools Partnerships involving cities, counties, schools and community-based organizations

We welcome your agency’s examples of partnerships that are improving conditions of children and families through coordinated partnerships. 

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