A community schools approach addresses the needs of the whole child by ensuring that students and their families are connected to essential supports. Through intentional collaboration between school districts, local government, and community partners, the community aligns and maximizes its resources behind student success.
The California Community Schools Network is an initiative of PCY, bringing together community members, educators, and policymakers to share information and work together to help community schools get started and enhance the impact of established community schools.
The purpose of quality standards is to describe high levels of performance of an expanded learning program at the point of service and in program management.
PCY’s Katie Brackenridge, serves as co-chair for California AfterSchool Network’s Quality Committee which informs and advises CDE and the expanded learning field at large on issues affecting program quality. Phase I of the Quality Committee’s recommendations for Quality Standards for Expanded Learning Programs has been approved by CDE. Phase II, to describe the Standards in Action, is currently underway. These recommendations have been incorporated in CDE-sponsored legislation SB 1221 (2014).
We believe expanded learning opportunities support a variety of academically enriching, engaging, hands-on learning opportunities that complement, but differ from school day instruction – and that these services should be delivered jointly by non-profits and schools during the times after school, before school, and in the summer.