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Quick Facts

  • 2012 - Founding year of Evans Community School in Orlando
  • 2014 - Founding year of the Center for Community Schools and Child Welfare Innovation
  • 2014 - Founding year of Evans Wellness Cottage at Evans Community School in Orlando
  • $1.5 Million - 2016-17 Florida legislative budget allocation to fund community schools
  • 3 - Number of Community School Planning Grants awarded in 2014-15

Mailing Address

Center for Community Schools
College of Health and Public Affairs
University of Central Florida
Health and Public Affairs I
12805 Pegasus Drive
Orlando, FL 32826-2200

Phone: 407-823-2723
Fax: 407-823-0744

About the Center

The Center for Community Schools opened in the fall of 2014 and is located in the College of Health and Public Affairs at the University of Central Florida. Its principal mission is to assist school districts and communities interested in establishing a comprehensive community school with planning, implementation and evaluation. 

The center promotes the development of community partnerships to include

  • a school district
  • a health care provider
  • a university or college
  • a lead not-for-profit partner

The partners work together to provide a community school with a wide variety of after-school activities and primary, dental and behavioral health care for the students, their families and the surrounding community. 

The center is able to provide consultation and financial support from funds provided by the Florida Legislature.

*Formerly Center for Community Schools and Child Welfare Innovation

We are proud of this collaboration that brings additional resources to benefit the health and wellness of our students most in need.
— Brian Binggeli, Superintendent,  Brevard Public Schools
Technical assistance from UCF will determine the noneducational barriers and resources needed for students to be more successful.
— Tim Putman, Executive Director,  Western Division of Children's Home Society of Florida
The community school movement continues to grow because folks are looking at their schools and realizing that the only way to get young people the opportunities they deserve is through partnership with the community.
— Martin Blank,  Director, Coalition for Community Schools and President of the Institute for Educational Leadership
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