CIS of Mid-America Celebrates Historic Opportunity

On July 14, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education released “Frequently Asked Questions: Using American Rescue Plan Funding to Support Full-Service Community Schools & Related Strategies.” With the release of this document, we celebrate both the historic opportunity now to expand the Communities In Schools program with this federal funding, and the strong support of the Administration and the U.S. Department of Education for integrated student supports.  

This document spells out how school districts can use coronavirus relief funds to build out community schools that partner with local organizations to bolster after-school programs, health care, and other services to students, parents, and the surrounding community. Communities In Schools is specifically mentioned as an example of how American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) funds might be used to provide integrated student supports. Additionally, this report from Georgetown University identifies Communities In Schools as a model for encouraging interagency collaboration. 
 
In the release of this document, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona states, “When schools are at the center of our neighborhoods and communities, children and families benefit. I hope that the resource we are releasing today will help states and school districts use American Rescue Plan funds to increase access to evidence-based community schools for more students and families across the country.”