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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

Florida Legislative Funding

Expanding the Model

As part of the 2014-15 and 2015-16 legislative allocations, five planning grants were awarded to schools to plan for and work toward full implementation of the community school model, ensuring the right partners and resources are engaged to succeed. Grants were issued to Brevard, Escambia, Pasco, Hillsborough and Duval school districts and their partners. After a year of planning, three implementation grants were awarded in December 2015 to start community school operations in Brevard, Escambia and Pasco counties. In 2016-2017, the legislature aproved a $1.5 Million appropriation to continue funding to assist community schools in Brevard, Escambia and Pasco Counties to continue their implementation to become a UCF-Certified Community School. Hillsborough and Duval Counties are expected to progress from a planning phase to an implementation phase this year and will also receive funding from the legislative appropriations to further their efforts.  


FY 2016-17 Legislative Budget Allocation of $1.5 Million

The Florida Legislature allocated $1.5 Million in 2016-17 for the following:

  • Continue to provide community school services at Evans High School • A Community School (subject to the
    25 percent local match)
  • Fund six current planning-grant schools to full-funding community schools (each subject to a 25 percent local match)
  • Continue the Center for Community Schools at UCF to provide assistance and support to qualified schools in the development of community schools

FY 2015-16 Legislative Budget Allocation of $900,000

The Florida Legislature allocated $900,000 in 2015-16 for the following:

  • Core funding for Evans Community School in Orlando (continuation)
  • Core funding for three 2014-15 planning grant schools
  • Two new planning grants for Florida schools interested in becoming a community school
    ($75,000/$25,000-local match)
  • A technical assistance center at UCF (continuation)


FY 2014-15 Legislative Budget Allocation of $685,000

The Florida Legislature allocated $685,000 in 2014-15 for the following:

  • Three planning grants for Florida schools interested in becoming a community school ($75,000/$25,000-local match)
    • Planning grants were awarded to the Brevard, Pasco and Escambia County school districts.
  • Core funding for Evans High School • A Community School in Orlando to provide the support and resources needed to impact student achievement (continuation)
  • A technical assistance center at UCF to develop community schools in Florida that adhere to a proven model
    • The Center for Community Schools opened in the fall of 2014 and an assistant director was hired in the spring of 2015.
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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