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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

Stages of Development

Successful implementation of a community school takes a great deal of thought, planning and commitment to create and sustain a successful implementation. The Children's Aid Society of New York has identified four Stages in the Development of a Community School: Exploring, Emerging, Maturing and Excelling.

This stage entails large-scale thinking, high energy, optimism and a certain amount of "if only" thinking. This stage also includes the identification of a particular school or schools and who is willing to commit long term as core partners in the effort. We believe that essential core partners include the school district, a college or university, a lead not-for-profit organization and a health care partner, preferably a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).

At some point the partners will be identified, the location selected and commitments to the partnership secured. At this stage an initial community assessment helps determine the initial program design, and a decision is made to start the transformation of a school by introducing some services, securing initial funding and establishing an effective structure for governance, communication, definition of roles and responsibilities, and building in an effective responsiveness to documented needs.

At this stage the community school develops a more comprehensive range of services and activities and begins to function better. Improvements are recognized and internal and external support is stronger. Utilization of available services increases, the relationship between the school and its community partners deepens, and the working relationships become more natural as all partners come to realize that this work requires continuous and significant effort. A "culture of yes" develops where the partners work until a solution is reached for any obstacle or roadblock.

At this stage the community school comprises a wide range of quality programs that are fully integrated into the school.  There is a school culture that focuses on addressing the needs of the whole child. There is significant parental engagement in the school. The entire school staff and surrounding community values the partnerships that have helped transform the school.

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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