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California Community Schools Partnership Program

A 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 External link opens in new window or tab. ). In 2022, the legislature expanded the program by adding funds and extending the program to 2031.

California Community Schools Framework

Beyond the four programmatic features, the State Board of Education approved the California Community Schools Framework 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 Transformational Assistance Center External link opens in new window or tab., 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 Transformational/Technical Assistance Centers provide technical assistance to potential applicants and grant recipients seeking to establish or expand community schools.

Regions
Counties Served Regional TAC's Webpages
Bay Area Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Sonoma Santa Clara County Office of Education External link opens in new window or tab.
Capitol Area Alpine, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Sierra, Solano, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba Sacramento County Office of Education External link opens in new window or tab.
Central Coast Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, and Ventura Monterey County Office of Education External link opens in new window or tab.
Central Valley Amador, Calavera, Fresno, Kern External link opens in new window or tab., Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Tuolumne Fresno County Office of Education External link opens in new window or tab.
Greater Los Angeles Los Angeles Los Angeles County Office of Education External link opens in new window or tab.
Northern California Butte, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, and Trinity Shasta County Office of Education* External link opens in new window or tab.
Southern Coast Imperial, Orange, and San Diego San Diego County Office of Education External link opens in new window or tab.
Southern Inland Inyo, Mono, Riverside, and San Bernardino San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools* External link opens in new window or tab.

Note: * is used to indicate the community schools web page for the listed County Office of Education Regional TAC is currently in development.

County Offices of Education

County Offices of Education, with two or more grantees in their county, receive funds to support the coordination of county-level government agencies, nonprofit community-based organizations, and other external partners to support regional community school's implementation.

2023-24 CCSPP Funding Profile for Coordination Grants
2022-23 CCSPP Funding Profile for Coordination Grants

Grants

There are three separate funding opportunities for the CCSPP.

Planning Grants

The CCSPP Planning Grants are for local educational agencies (LEAs) with no existing community schools. The grant awards are up to $200,000 for up to two-years. There were two rounds for Planning Grants.

2022-23 CCSPP Funding Profile for Planning Grants
2021-22 CCSPP Funding Profile for Planning Grants

Implementation 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.

2023-24 CCSPP Funding Profile for Implementation Grants
2022-23 CCSPP Funding Profile for Implementation Grants

2021-22 CCSPP Funding Profile for Implementation Grants

Extension 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.

Join the CCSPP-Info Mailing List to be notified, via e-mail, when new or updated information is available. To subscribe to the CCSPP-Info listserv, send a "blank" message to join-CCSPP-Info@mlist.cde.ca.gov.

Questions:   Community Schools Office | CCSPP@cde.ca.gov
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, December 13, 2023