We know that greater parental involvement in a student’s life promotes greater student success. But parents and guardians often face their own obstacles. Language barriers, busy work schedules, and other family obligations can keep caregivers from getting involved in their child’s student life. Communities In Schools see family engagement as a crucial element to our success, and work to remove barriers that prevent caregivers from staying central in their child’s education. We’ve offered parenting classes, sponsored family nights and created parent support groups to help parents stay involved. Our site coordinators check in with families often, and connect them with counselors, social workers and other school and community resources as needed. Most important, we ensure that home is a healthy nurturing environment where students always feel safe.
Fred Rogers said, “look for the helpers.” CIS of North Carolina affiliates are used to being the helpers, but today, the helpers need help. Many of the student support specialists are facing their own traumatic circumstances while still pitching in with relief efforts for others. Please consider donating to the All In Relief Fund to help not only the helpers, but the students, families, and communities they serve every day.
A Conversation with PDK CEO Dr. Josh Starr
With strong policy partners, more accredited affiliates and site coordinators, plus a greater national reach, 2013 brought CIS tremendous growth and measurable success. Read More.
Communities In Schools saw significant progress in 2015, with a focus on improving quality of service and increasing growth across the network. Read More.
Our recent economic impact study found that for every $1 invested in Communities In Schools, $11.60 will be returned to the community. Read More.
This is the technical report of the School Level Quasi‐Experimental Study conducted as part of the five-year national evaluation. Read More.