DPS announces 21 schools to serve as “12/7 Community Schools” and hubs of their neighborhoods
Extending beyond the traditional school day to offer services such as job skills training, child/elder care, financial literacy, food distribution and even medical care, 21 Detroit Public Schools’ buildings will soon become “12/7 Community Schools” to better serve the needs of families district-wide.
Among the services to be provided at the Community Schools, the Michigan Department of Human Services and DPS will jointly fund success coaches and Community Schools coordinators for each site through the “Pathways to Potential” program.
Ten of the 21 sites will open as 12/7 Community Schools on the Opening Day of School, Tuesday, September 3. Visioning Sessions are underway at each school to determine which services and programs will be offered. The first 10 schools to open as 12/7 Community Schools will be determined after the Visioning Sessions are complete. The remaining 11 schools will open as 12/7 Community Schools in early October.
What is a Community School?
A Community School is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. Community Schools offer consolidated services provided by multiple agencies in one location with extended hours, 12 hours per day and 7 days per week. The 21 DPS Community Schools will move toward operating during this time frame.
An integrated focus is placed on academics, health and social services, youth and community development, and community engagement to improve student learning, create stronger families and support healthier communities.
Schools become centers of the community and are open to everyone – all day, every day, evenings and weekends.
Using public schools as hubs, Community Schools bring together many partners to offer a range of supports and opportunities to children, families and communities.
- Children are ready to enter school
- Students attend school consistently
- Students are actively involved in learning and their community
- Families are increasingly involved with their children’s education
- Schools are engaged with families and communities
- Students succeed academically
- Students are healthy—physically, socially, and emotionally
- Students live and learn in a safe, supportive, and stable environment
- Communities are desirable places to live
- Homework assistance
- Child care and elder care
- Financial literacy programs
- Parental training and prenatal training
- Technology skills, access to computer labs
- Language programs and literacy development
- Medical services provided through on-site healthcare facilities
- Social workers from the state’s Department of Human Services “Pathways to Potential” program