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Community & School Engagement Strategy Origin: Family League of Baltimore Link: Click here Summary: Baltimore’s Community and School Engagement Strategy, made possible with financial support from the Mayor and Baltimore City Council, brings together a wide range of partners and community resources to promote student achievement, positive conditions for learning, and the well-being of families and communities. Talking Points & Important Information: • Community schools bring together partner organizations to work with school staff to provide additional programming and services for students and families. For Baltimore, this model can include high-quality afterschool activities, tutoring, health check-ups, and mental health counseling for children or tax-preparation services and financial counseling for parents. • Each of the 52 community schools in the Baltimore Community and School Engagement Strategy has a community school coordinator who develops partnerships with local community organizations to create an environment where academics, enrichment, health and social supports, family engagement, youth and community development improve student well-being. Schools are resources to the community and offer programs and opportunities that are open to all. And Out of School Time — afterschool and summer programming — is aligned with every community school to extend and enrich the educational experience of every student at the 52 Community Schools managed and supported by the Family League of Baltimore. • According to our partners at the Coalition for Community Schools, “using public schools as hubs, community schools bring together many partners to offer a range of supports and opportunities to children, youth, families, and communities.” Partners and stakeholders work to ensure that children are ready to enter school; that students attend school consistently; that children are actively involved their classrooms and their community; that families are increasingly involved with their children’s education; that schools are engaged with families and communities while students are succeeding academically; and that students are healthy – physically, socially, and emotionally – while attending, living, and learning in a safe, supportive, and stable environment. • Research shows that community schools have a powerful positive impact on students, as demonstrated by increased academic success, a positive change in attitudes toward school and learning, and decreased behavioral problems. • Community schools are cost-effective because they leverage existing resources provided by local, state, federal, and private sources and bring programs to the schools where the students and their families – the community – are already congregated. For more information, click here. 2015 POLICY BOOK LOCAL LEVEL PAGE 34