Are there program components that define Community Schools?

Community Schools respond to local needs and are designed by local stakeholders, so there can be considerable variation from model to model and site to site. Since the primary goal is the promotion of student learning and healthy development, typical program components include after-school and summer enrichment, family engagement and services designed to remove barriers to student learning, such as medical, dental, mental health and social services.  Many community schools also offer early childhood education, adult education and community-wide events, as well as meeting families’ childcare needs.  All models reflect a comprehensive approach to healthy child and youth development.