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Community Schools Grant Funding Webinar
October 1, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDTFree
This summer Governor Newsom signed two budget bills that will provide $2.8 billion in Community Schools funding and make AB 1117, Healthy Start 2.0 by Assembly member Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland), the guiding policy for integrating schools with health, mental health, trauma-informed care and education/social services to support the entire family.
The education budget bills, AB 130 and SB 130, will fund California’s public education and include the landmark investment to the California Community Schools Partnership Program (CCSPP). This groundbreaking investment has the potential to significantly address years of trauma and neglect in communities by bringing life-changing and community responsive mental health care and best practices to families. These grants will also target the same communities that have been most exposed to hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Community Schools Partnership Program builds upon the Healthy Start model that California launched in 1991 and ran primarily through 2002 that provided grants to schools to coordinate wrap-around services, yielding dramatic results for children in increased reading and math scores, reduced substance use, and higher graduation rates. The modernized grant program, outlined in the bill package, will target local school collaboratives that have the highest numbers of underserved and under-resourced students and will be designed to meet children and families where they learn, play, and live.
This investment in Community Schools is a lifeline for millions of students. Community Schools will partner closely with child serving systems and community based organizations to coordinate trauma-informed services on school campuses. Instead of being punished for problems outside of their control, students and families will be supported with the tools and resources they need.
Community Schools will fundamentally reshape and improve health, education, and social service delivery for California children and their families.