Alice Bajaña-Vega has worked in the Department of Education for the past 20 years. She brings forth a…
The NYC Community Schools Initiative is a central element of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s vision to re-imagine the City’s school system. Community Schools are neighborhood hubs where students receive high-quality academic instruction, families can access social services, and communities congregate to share resources and address their common challenges.
With the Mayor’s bold pledge to create more than 100 new fully-developed Community Schools over the next several years, NYC is now at the forefront of a national movement focused on a holistic and comprehensive approach to education in urban centers. This approach prioritizes student wellness, readiness to learn, personalized instruction, community partnerships and family engagement as key strategies to leverage better academic outcomes among high-need students.
Community Schools recognize that students who are hungry, can’t see the blackboard, or are missing school regularly face critical obstacles to learning in the classroom. By providing an extra meal, connecting a parent to job training, or enrolling a student in an afterschool program, they can lower barriers to learning and help kids succeed.
CHCF combines education, capacity-building, and advocacy to strengthen the support system and continuum of learning for children and youth.