California Community Schools Partnership ProgramA community school is a “whole-child” school improvement strategy where the district and school work closely with teachers, students, families, and partners.
About the California Community Schools Partnership Program
The California Community Schools Partnership Program (CCSPP) supports schools’ efforts to partner with community agencies and local government to align community resources to improve student outcomes. These partnerships provide an integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development, and community engagement.
Community school strategies can be an effective approach to mitigate the academic and social impacts of emergencies that affect local communities, improve school responsiveness to student and family needs, and to organize school and community resources to address barriers to learning. Community schools often include four evidence-informed programmatic features, which are aligned and integrated into high-quality, rigorous teaching and learning practices and environments:
- Integrated support services;
- Family and community engagement;
- Collaborative leadership and practices for educators and administrators; and
- Extended learning time and opportunities.
In 2021, the California legislature passed the California Community Schools Partnership Act (California Education Code 8900-8902 ). In 2022, the legislature expanded the program by adding funds and extending the program to 2031.
California Community Schools FrameworkBeyond the four programmatic features, the State Board of Education approved the California Community Schools Framework (DOCX) at their January 2022 meeting. The Framework drives both the design for and implementation strategies of the CCSPP.
Technical Assistance System
The CCSPP is supported by a system of support that includes a Lead Technical Assistance Center (TAC), Regional TACs and County Offices of Education.
Lead Technical Assistance Center
The Lead Technical Assistance Center, known as the State Transformative Assistance Center, is led by the Alameda County Office of Education in partnership with the University of California, Los Angeles Center for Community Schooling, the National Education Association and Californians for Justice.
Regional Technical Assistance Centers
The CCSPP Regional Technical Assistance Centers provide technical assistance to potential applicants and grant recipients seeking to establish or expand community schools.
County Offices of EducationCounty Offices of Education, with two or more grantees in their county, support the coordination of county-level government agencies, nonprofit community-based organizations, and other external partners to support community school implementation. Allocations (XLSX) for County Offices of Education supporting CCSPP coordination.
There are three separate funding opportunities for the CCSPP.
The CCSPP Planning Grants are for local educational agencies (LEAs) with no existing community schools. The grant awards are up to $200,000 and can be used for up to two-years. There are two rounds for Planning Grants.
The CCSPP Implementation Grants are for new community schools, or for the expansion or continuation of existing community schools. The grant awards are up to $500,000 annually. There are multiple rounds for Implementation Grants.
The CCSPP Extension Grants are for CCSPP Implementation grantees to extend CCSPP funding for an additional two years. The grant awards are up to $100,000 annually, beginning in the 2025–26 fiscal year. The California Department of Education will publish the CCSPP Extension Grant Request for Applications at a later date.
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