How can we utilize community resources to support whole-child learning and development?

UCLA CTS is partnering with The Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) and The L.A. Trust for Children’s Health to provide technical assistance to school sites seeking to establish or expand a community school model in Los Angeles County, empowering community voice, leveraging community assets, and strengthening the network of vital community resources in service to students, families, and school communities through the California Community Schools Partnership Program (CCSPP). 

The partnership, known as the Greater Los Angeles Regional Technical Assistance Center (R-TAC), will establish a regional hub for community schooling in Los Angeles County. The mission of the community schools initiative is to “disrupt inequities and break the cycle of poverty by leveraging assets to transform schools into hubs of the community”, connecting schools with health, social service and other resources and supports. The R-TAC will leverage local government and community partners’ support to align community resources to remove barriers to learning and improve student outcomes for Los Angeles County students.

As the research partner for the R-TAC, UCLA’s Center for the Transformation of Schools will evaluate the needs and implementation of community schools, and will draw upon its experience and expertise as a research partner for large statewide initiatives to help the R-TAC and help grantee schools interpret and assess their data as they implement the California Community Schools framework. Additionally, the Center will lead R-TAC efforts to identify unique local measures to understand the effectiveness of the framework.