Education Without Barriers

The Difference Between
obstacles to learning and opportunities for success

Education is the key factor in creating opportunity for the next generation. To reliably lift people out of intractable poverty, schools must eliminate the many barriers to learning for the poorest and most vulnerable, and ensure that children are physically, emotionally and socially prepared to develop, grow and learn.

Education Without Barriers

  • 3,200 children were enrolled in after-school programs in Children’s Aid Society community schools, in activities ranging from academics to sports.
  • The Children’s Aid Society-Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program, which employs an above-the-waist approach, served 1,400 young people in five public schools across New York City.
  • 400 parents from Children’s Aid’s five community schools in Washington Heights/ Inwood participated in the Ercilia Pepin Parent Leadership Institute.

Our community schools do this. They are public school partnerships between local boards of education and community-based organizations that combine the highest quality educational practices with a wide range of vital in-house health and social services. The Children’s Aid Society operates 21 community schools in partnership with the New York City Department of Education.

Initiated in 1992, this work has won national recognition and is vigorously supported by the Obama Administration. An increasingly popular method of school reform, community schools are responsive to a neighborhood’s social, political and cultural needs—they are true centers of neighborhood an above-the-waist approach, served 1,400 life. Open early mornings, afternoons, evenings, weekends and summers, the community school is more than simply a place where children attend classes. Students can receive medical and dental care or speak to a counselor, right in the school, perhaps solving problems that may be hindering their ability to learn. They can stay after school for enrichment, additional learning opportunities, recreation or classes in the arts. Their parents can obtain help in enrolling in public health insurance, take ESL or GED classes, talk to a counselor or learn how to help their children learn.

Thousands of cities in many nations are increasingly converting their public schools to community schools and seeing positive academic and social results.