Governor Cuomo announced yesterday, Aug. 27, that New York State is making money available to distressed school for the coordinating and maximizing of public, non-profit and private resources to deliver vital services to students and their families. The Governor’s Executive Order authorizes the Commissioner of Education to award $15 million in competitive grants to eligible schools.
The first round of $500,000 grants will be awarded to approximately 30 schools to help schools build partnerships with health care services, family counseling and employment services.
“We want to create community schools in distressed communities where that community school becomes the hub of all the services that that child and that family needs to survive,” said Cuomo in the State of the State address. “It's not about just providing an education; it’s about health care, nutrition, family counseling, a medical clinic.”
The goal of the Community Schools program is to align community services and programs for students and families while increasing efficiency by avoiding duplication. The Department of Education is working in conjunction with the New York State Council on Children and Families to implement the program.
Schools identified as high-need, or schools identified as average-need that have an Extraordinary Needs percentage of 50 or greater, are eligible for funding. Grants will be for a three-year term beginning Dec. 1 of this year and ending June 2016.