Community Schools Resources

Here you will find tips and tools to help you develop a community school. Also, many of the other resources in the Start-Up & Operations section of our website, particularly those on Partner Collaboration, will be useful.


The Coalition for Community Schools

The Coalition for Community Schools is a national organization advancing the community schools movement. It offers wide variety of resources, including more information about the approach and its impact, toolkits for educators and partners, and a list of organizations providing technical assistance to community school efforts.

The Center for Community School Partnerships at the University of California, Davis

The Center for Community School Partnerships (CCSP) promotes student success, youth well being, and equitable, just communities for all of California’s learners by cultivating pathways between communities and their schools. CCSP’s works on research, evaluation, and technical assistance, connecting schools and communities to support student success, youth well-being, and collaborative community-school partnerships. CCSP’s website includes description of CCSP’s services as well as links to their research and resources.

Partnership for Children and Youth

The Partnership for Children and Youth (PCY) brings together government, education, philanthropic, nonprofit, business and community leaders to support student success in California. PCY promotes the community schools approach: their website includes information and resources for those interested in community schools.

The Children’s Aid Society

Since 1992, The Children’s Aid Society has partnered with the New York City Department of Education in more than 20  community schools. The website includes a variety of resources and materials for those interested in community schools.

Examples of Community Schools Efforts

National Community Schools Models, compiled by the Coalition for Community Schools

Community Schools Across the Nation, compiled by the Coalition for Community Schools

Children’s Aid Society Community School (video), from the George Lucas Educational Foundation

Community Schools-Thriving Students Strategic Plan, Oakland Unified School District

Every Child in Every Neighborhood (video), Oakland Unified School District

Santa Clara School-Linked Services Strategic Plan, Santa Clara County

Other Resources

Community Schools: A Full Spectrum Resource

This article was published in Leadership, the magazine of the Association of California School Administrators. It provides a useful overview of the community schools approach and its impact for students.

Community Schools: Aligning Local Resources for Student Success

This paper was put together by the Partnership for Children and Youth. It explains critical funding streams and strategies for community schools.