After school and summer programs give students experiences that can help prepare them for life after high school. Our site coordinators, executive directors and volunteers work together to find and create programs that combine education with fun, hands-on experiences. These programs are particularly valuable to students whose families don’t have access to resources, as after school time and summer breaks are often when students are most distracted and adversely affected by home life. Our programs include field trips, community services programs, athletic leagues, youth conferences, guest speakers and more.
Millions of students, especially Black and Brown children in the communities most affected by the coronavirus crisis, job loss, and the nation’s racial reckoning, have been feeling disconnected and distressed as schools reopened this fall in what was a “historically chaotic” school year.
A recent Brookings Institute literature review found that on average, students' achievement scores declined over summer vacation by one month's worth of school-year learning. But for millions of students, it’s the educational relapse that occurs when school is out for the summer months. The U.S. Department of Education released a report in May of 2018 that highlighted the even greater backslide for students who may not have access to summer camps, libraries, zoos, aquariums, and museums due to location or socioeconomic status.
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.