Our Purpose

The New York City Community Learning Schools Initiative (CLS) aims to improve student achievement by meeting the health, safety and social service needs of students, parents and communities. It does this by facilitating partnerships between schools and non-profits, local businesses and non-governmental organizations, as well as with government agencies. These organizations, in turn, provide vital services to public schools, making each building a hub in the community.

The keys to our success:

Holistically addressing a student’s needs removes barriers to learning and makes it easier for students to succeed.

Embedding services in public school buildings makes more services immediately available and makes access to them more convenient for students and the community.

Seamlessly integrating services into a school’s daily operations minimizes the disruption to the day-to-day life of students and families receiving services.

Engaging local businesses and community-based organizations ensures that the entire community is involved and keeps important resources in the neighborhood.

Tracking program enrollment and success provides evidence that services are being delivered and making an impact.