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Community Schools

A wave of research shows the achievement gap between poor children and
higher-income children is growing wider.

Children thrive in stable and nurturing environments, yet 43% of Bay Area children live in the instability caused by poverty. Their parents are underemployed, earn insufficient wages and struggle to make ends meet.  United Way of the Bay Area is committed to ensuring that all children, no matter what their family income, zip code, race or country of origin is, have the opportunity to show up at school safe, well-fed, healthy and ready to learn.  

Our Work

We are committed to educating the public about education issues, particularly those that impact kids in poor communities.  Our work focuses on community schools, a strategy that supports the complex needs of kids and families in poverty.  We are innovators in family economic support in community schools.  Our grants support schools and districts who seek to start or improve their community school efforts.

Community Schools, a strategy that supports the complex needs of kids and families in poverty. United Way's Community Schools transform public schools into neighborhood hubs where healthcare, food pantries, after-school programs, family engagement and parent education classes are available directly on school campuses.  United Way's education goal is to partner with schools and districts in low-income communities across the Bay Area to transform 200 schools into community hubs by 2020. To learn more about United Way’s Community School Initiative, download our report.

 

Learning Resources

Learn about the latest Community Schools' news!

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Leveling the Playing Field
co-authored by United Way of the Bay Area and the Partnership for Children and Youth
» Download our white paper

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EdTalk Bay Area 
United Way's podcast series EdTalk Bay Area launches Episode 4, a discussion about the effect of trauma on young minds and how to help.
» Click to Listen to Episode 4

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SparkPoint launches at Westlake Middle School in Oakland
Westlake Middle School in Oakland launches an innovative partnership with SparkPoint--offering financial coaching services to the parents of Westlake Students.
» Click here to read more.

 

Bright Spots

Take a closer look at "bright spots" in Bay Area community schools. Below are case studies from schools that United Way of the Bay Area is currently partnering with to improve student's well-being and academic success.

Sparkpoint in Community Schools

United Way is bringing our expertise in financial stability by integrating our SparkPoint Centers with Community Schools to help families gain a stable financial footing while simultaneously supporting student's well-being and academic success. Learn more about Sparkpoint in Community Schools.

Grants for Community Schools

Our grants support schools and districts who seek to start or improve their community school efforts.

United Way will increase the number of Community Schools in our region by offering planning and improvement grants, as well as providing technical assistance to school districts interested in establishing Community Schools. To learn more about United Way's Community School Initiative, click here

View a list of our current grantees.

Currently, grant applications are being considered by invitation only. For more information, please contact Lileen Shannon at lshannon@uwba.org or by phone: 707-551-3141.

The Bay Area Community Schools Movement is Growing!

More and more school districts are embracing the Community Schools model.


Click here to see if your school is listed as a Community School.


View Community Schools in the Bay Area in a larger map
Is your school listed? Click to find out.

 

Recent Videos


 

 
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Listen here.