Hartford Community Schools
The Hartford Foundation was instrumental in the creation of Hartford Community Schools (HCS),
offering insights and lessons learned from our long-running After-School
schools are based on one fundamental premise — that every child and every
school is capable of excellence given the right conditions for learning. The
community schools strategy engages community leaders in collective action to
remove barriers to students’ success and address the opportunity gaps often
reflected in low-income students’ academic and developmental outcomes.
The schools offer students services before, during, and after traditional school hours and during the weekend and summer, extending students’ total learning time by 35-40 percent. In this way, community schools substantially improve schools’ capacity to meet the highest-need students and families’ most pressing concerns. The community schools model also supports a school culture and climate that promotes high expectations for students, teachers, families, and the surrounding community.
schools integrate multiple services and supports
childhood learning opportunities
core instructional program
support and enrichment
and behavioral health services
At the service site/school level - we connect
community resources (such as universities and health centers) to select schools
in ways that support student achievement and family stability;
At the “systems level” - we promote public/private partnership as well as
structural, procedural, and operational shifts at school sites and at the
district level, to increase low-income students and families’ access to
high-quality educational and developmental opportunities;
At the policy level – we support policy change, addressing barriers to student
success and increasing low-income students’ access to opportunity.
supported the first group of five Hartford Community Schools with a three-year,
$3.1 million grant. In 2011 and 2012, that commitment was renewed and more than
$1.6 million was awarded in grants to six lead agencies working in partnership
with the schools in 2012.
recognized by the Children’s Aid Society for integration of an independent
evaluation in community school building (2012)
for Community Schools national award for excellence in community schools (2013)
Community Schools are a partnership of:
Foundation for Public Giving
of Hartford (Department of Families, Children, Youth and Recreation)
Way of Central and Northeastern
funding is provided by state and federal agencies and corporations.