Our Clients

Since our inception in 1994, the National Center for Community Schools has provided implementation assistance to almost all of the country’s major community schools initiatives.  The following is a sample of the initiatives we have assisted recently.  A complete list of our clients from 2012-16 is just a click away.

Boys and Girls Clubs of America: NCCS worked with a team of consultants to write the elementary and high school curricula for B&GCA’s Summer Brain Gain program, which was piloted in Clubs across the country during the summer of 2013.  We renewed our partnership in 2015-6 when NCCS was invited to develop a training program for Clubs across the country on strengthening their programs for teens. 
 
Chicago Public Schools: NCCS has reengaged with Chicago’s Community School Initiative–the country’s largest–after assisting with the development of the initiative in 2002.  Over the past several years, we have delivered training on several topics and provided consultation and coaching to the initiative’s leaders.  In a related effort, we continue to support the work of the University of Chicago in preparing social workers to serve as community school coordinators.  In May 2015, NCCS partnered with the Chicago Community Schools Initiative to offer a Community Schools Fundamentals conference.
 
Cleveland Metropolitan School District: After CMSD identified community “wraparound” schools as a preferred reform strategy in its district improvement plan, NCCS partnered with the district to brief senior leadership, consulted with the initiative’s steering committee, offered a “boot camp” and follow-up training for site coordinators and assisted with evaluation and fundraising.  Now in its third year, this initiative has expanded to 16 schools through a strong partnership with the United Way of Greater Cleveland.
 
Detroit Public Schools: With support from the Kresge Foundation, NCCS is advising the district on its efforts to create a community schools initiative in its lowest-performing schools, using a lead agency model.  The district is partnering with its County Department of Human Services and currently has 21 new community schools in its initiative. 
 
Hartford Community Schools: NCCS provides assistance to all three levels of the Hartford Community Schools—consultation to the leadership team (Mayor, Superintendent, lead investors); ongoing training and consultation for the school site teams (principals and CS directors); and guidance and support for the Hartford Partnership for Student Success.
 
Kent School Services Network (Kent County, MI): NCCS has worked closely with the County Administrator’s office and its many county- and city-level partners since the launch of the Network in 2006.  The initiative, which includes community schools in the city of Grand Rapids and a number of nearby suburban districts, has grown to 16 schools; NCCS has provided training, technical assistance and consultation every step of the way.  NCCS helped develop capacity at the local school-level and assisted initiative leaders with developing a multi-tiered governance structure to lead and manage the work.
 
New York City Department of Education and Mayor’s Office: Beginning in 2010, NCCS worked with the Mayor’s Task Force on Truancy, Chronic Absence and School Engagement to develop the Every Student, Every Day Initiative designed to reduce chronic absence and to provide direct support to 100 New York City public schools that participated in the successful Initiative. Currently, NCCS is supporting the NYCDOE in sharing best practices on reducing chronic absenteeism, gleaned from Every Student, Every Day, with schools all across New York City.
 
Tulsa Area Community Schools Initiative (TACSI): Established by the Human Services Planning Council in 2007, TACSI   currently encompasses 31 community schools across two school districts—Tulsa and Union Public Schools.  NCCS has provided training for their resource coordinators since the initiative’s inception and will be working with site-level teams as well as the TACSI Resource Center staff in 2014.

United Way of New York City: NCCS partners with the United Way of New York City to provide an array of technical assistance, including training and consultation, to the New York City community schools expansion, which was initiated by Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2014. 
 
U.S. Department of Education: With funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, NCCS provided workshops and webinars for USDOE’s Full-Service Community Schools grantees.