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Today, the U.S. Department of Education released “Frequently Asked Questions: Using American Rescue Plan Funding to Support Full-Service Community Schools & Related Strategies.” We are excited to share this historic opportunity to expand the Communities In Schools program with this federal funding.

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.” 

As you work on your ARP ESSER plans, we encourage you to consider taking this opportunity to either bring Communities In Schools to your community or grow existing programs to meet the needs of more students and families. Please contact Kelly Stanford, Chief Program Officer, to implement or expand the CIS program at your school for the 2021-2022 school year.

Thank you for being all in, for all kids. 

Malissa Martin, President and CEO
Communities In Schools of Mid-America
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