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
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