Community Schools
in Action

Every community school looks slightly different, because it is developed through mutually beneficial partnerships with students, families, community agencies, businesses, and residents that are unique to that community.

Check out these
community school profiles to learn more about the powerful community school work of one district and two schools in Illinois.

You can also view these videos to really see community schools in action!

Community Schools Map

There are nearly 200 community schools in urban, surburban, and rural communities all over Illinois. Click on the interactive map to learn more about community schools in your area.  

Federation Newsletter
Federation members get access to our weekly eDigest which contains information about upcoming events, best practices, funding opportunities and much more.

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About our Policy Positions
The Federation for Community Schools prioritizes advocacy that sustains and expands community schools. We endorse legislation that promotes innovative collaborations and strengthens partnerships between community-based organizations, school administration, educators, parents and students. We endorse efforts that seek to empower parents and guardians as advocates for their children and as partners in decisions about their children’s education. Lastly, we believe that responsibility for student success extends beyond education agencies and school districts, and we will work to break down silos that exist at all levels of government.

Community Schools Advocacy Day 2014
Recap of Stakeholder Symposium: Making Sense of the Dollars and Cents
Congressman Schock Co-Sponsors Community Schools Act

21st CCLC Funding in Jeopardy

Community Schools Advocacy Day - April 30, 2014
We're partnering with the United Way to spend a day in Springfield educating elected officials and policymakers about community schools and the funding they rely on to achieve their goals.  Legislators and policy makers need to hear from us - from people directly affected by their decisions, by funding cuts, and by the state's decreased investments in our work - so that they understand how their choices and how the state budget will impact their constituents.   This is a critical time to make our case known. State Legislators are in the process of making difficult decisions about what programs to fund - and where to make cuts. They need information to help guide their decisions, and we have an opportunity to provide our feedback and perspective directly to the people making the decisions.

Learn more about our Community Schools Advocacy Day and how you can get involved

Recap of Making Sense of the Dollars & Cents
On April 17 we convened a Stakeholder Symposium, Making Sense of the Dollars and Cents: Understanding Illinois' budget, the impacts on our work, and opportunities for change to educate our members about Illinois' fiscal situation and how we can work together to make things different in the future. The Symposium featured Lisa Christensen Gee (Voices for Illinois Children), Judith Gethner (Illinois Partners for Human Service), and Teresa Ramos (Advance Illinois) who explained - in an incredibly easy to understand way - the State's fiscal situation and efforts we can collectively take to make affect positive changes to the way our legislature invests in public education and human services. Many thanks for Lisa, Judith, and Teresa for sharing their expertise with us!

Below you can find a full recap of the Symposium and links to the presentations and materials that were shared. 

- Notes from Stakeholder Symposium: Making Sense of the Dollars and Cents
- Illinois' Budgetary Challenges FY15 & Beyond -- Presentation by Lisa Christensen Gee, Policy Analyst, Fiscal Policy Center, Voices for Illinois Children
-  Illinois School Funding Reform (SB16) Overview  -- Presentation by Teresa Ramos, Outreach Director, Advance Illinois

Illinois' U.S. Representative Aaron Schock Cosponsors Community Schools Act
In March, 2014 Congressman Aaron Schock, U.S. Representative for Illinois's 18th congressional district, became a cosponsor on the Supporting Community Schools Act in the House (HR 3873).  Rep. Schock has cosponsored Rep. Hoyer's Full Service Community Schools bill in the past and, as the first Republican cosponsor, is committed to doing so again this session. Much hard work, including that of Federation Board member Julie Schifeling and our partners at the national Coalition for Community Schools, went into educating Rep. Schock about community schools and securing his support.  Rep. Schock's district, which includes cities like Jacksonville, Peoria, and Springfield, is home to several community schools.