This model focuses on bringing together health and social supports, family and community engagement, and a rich curriculum with expanded learning opportunities both during and after normal school hours. It requires results-focused partnerships to harness the human, financial and institutional assets of a community to enrich their students’ educational experience. One such example is the Tucson Community Schools Initiative. Another is the 10,000 community schools model promoted by Journey4 Justice. (PHX) Research shows that providing wraparound services at schools can:
- Help reduce health-related issues that can impact education;
- Help meet student and family basic needs creating more classroom stability;
- Encourage parents to communicate more with teachers and empower them to help their children more by offering family programs such as English language learner classes; and
- Free up teachers to concentrate on instruction versus other student needs, reducing their stress levels and burnout tendencies.