MD4CS: Maryland Coalition for Community Schools
About Community Schools in Maryland
Community Schools are the realization of schools as community hubs. Rather than an institution where teachers teach and students learn, Community Schools provide a wealth of resources to meet the needs of students and families including health and social services, and community engagement and development. This holistic approach leads to better student outcomes such as increased attendance and academic success, and strengthens community fabric.
In Maryland, a statewide coalition - MD4CS - has formed to advocate for further implementation of the Community Schools model by tracking legislation, designing strategy and communications, and working with policy makers to rethink the educational experience for the state's youth.
Learn More About the Statewide Coalition
MD4CS is a cross-sector working group comprised of representatives from non-profit community organizations, institutions of higher education, state government, and school jurisdictions.
Recent Publications on Community Schools
- The National Education Policy Center (2017). Strong Collaborative Relationships for Strong Community Schools
- Learning Policy Institute and the National Education Policy Center (2017). Community Schools An Evidenced Based Strategy for Equitable School Improvement
- Johns Hopkins School of Education (2017). Community Schools Models & Approaches
- Center for Popular Democracy (2016). Community Schools: Tranforming Struggling Schools Into Thriving Schools
- Baltimore Education Resource Consortium (2016). Baltimore Community Schools: Promise & Progress
Links & Resources
- National Coalition for Community Schools
- Family League of Baltimore City
- Montgomery County Linkages to Learning
- Prince George's County Transforming Neighborhood's Initiative
- Building Community Schools - National Center for Community Schools Guide For Action