U.S. Department of Education: Full-Service Community Schools
The Full-Service Community Schools program provides support for the planning, implementation, and operation of full-service community schools that improve the coordination, integration, accessibility, and effectiveness of services for children and families, particularly for children attending high-poverty schools, including high-poverty rural schools.
Full-service community schools provide comprehensive academic, social, and health services for students, students’ family members, and community members that are designed to improve education outcomes for children. If a State educational agency (SEA) or local educational agency (LEA) lacks the resources to implement community schools at scale, it can productively begin in neighborhoods where community schools are most needed and, therefore, students are most likely to benefit. Full-service community schools must be operated in a manner consistent with nondiscrimination requirements contained in the U.S. Constitution and Federal civil rights laws.
The Full-Service Community Schools program provides catalytic support for the planning, implementation, operation, and coordination of effective services for children and families, particularly those in high-poverty urban and rural areas, at the local level. According to a 2017 report, comprehensive community school interventions that incorporate most or all of four features, or pillars (integrated student supports; expanded learning time and opportunities; family and community engagement; collaborative leadership and practice), are associated with a range of positive student outcomes.
The Full-Service Community Schools program has one absolute priority and four competitive preference priorities:
- Absolute Priority: Eligible entities that will serve two or more full-service community schools eligible for a school-wide program as part of a community- or district-wide strategy.
- Competitive Preference Priority 1—Rural Districts-Small and Rural or Rural and Low-Income. Priority will be given to applicants that include an LEA that is currently eligible under the Small Rural School Achievement (SRSA) program or the Rural and Low-Income School (RLIS) program. Applicants may determine whether a particular LEA is eligible for these programs by referring to information on the following websites: for the SRSA program, https://www2.ed.gov/programs/reapsrsa/eligible16/index.html and for the RLIS program, https://www2.ed.gov/programs/reaprlisp/eligibility.html. Note: An LEA includes a public charter school that operates as an LEA.
- Competitive Preference Priority 2—Broadly Representative Consortiums. Priority will be given to applicants that demonstrate a consortium comprised of a broad representation of stakeholders.
- Competitive Preference Priority 3—History of Effectiveness. Priority will be given to applicants that demonstrate a consortium with a history of effectiveness.
- Competitive Preference Priority 4—Evidence-Based Activities, Strategies, or Interventions. Priority will be given to applications that are supported by promising evidence.
Amount: An estimated $4,142,281 is available to make approximately eight awards ranging from $275,000–$500,000 for each 12-month budget period. The entire project period is five years.
Eligibility: A consortium of: 1) one or more LEAs or the Bureau of Indian Education; and 2) one or more community-based organizations, nonprofit organizations, or other public or private entities.
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