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
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
The Center for Community Schools and Child Welfare
Innovation is available to assist initiatives by facilitating
planning sessions for a community school project. This may
include topics such as stages of development; project
strategic planning; development of community school vision,
mission, and core principles; sustainability efforts; and more.
Starting a community school can be made easier with qualified
assistance. We know that every community school will be
different and needs a customized approach while still keeping
important foundational elements intact. The center staff is
available for consultation in person or by phone, email, skype or
phone conferencing. Depending on the stage of development, we
assist initiatives from the first steps of planning to full
implementation, becoming UCF-Certified, and reviewing strategies
and programs to offer recommendations for ongoing
The center's staff is available to provide community school
presentations at meetings and conferences. Let us know your
area of focus, and we'd be happy to accommodate your presentation
The center gathers and produces resources to
assist initiatives. Why reinvent the
wheel? Resources include "How to" guides, lessons learned,
project development worksheets, webinars and more.
The center offers a series of professional development
presentation modules on community school stages of
development. The modules are aimed to assist partners in the
preparation efforts for full implementation and community school
improvement. The center also will offer webinars on various
community school components (e.g., after-school programming, parent
involvement) necessary for successful implementation.
Community schools in Florida have the unique opportunity of
becoming UCF-Certified. The center offers certification to
those community schools who have reached benchmarks in meeting
community school standards. Schools receiving
UCF-certification qualify for financial support from funds provided
by the Florida Legislature.
The center offers evaluation and review sessions to assist
initiatives with project development and continuous improvement
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