Student Support Services

Community Schools

Community Schools are public schools that emphasize family engagement, strong community partnerships and additional supports for students and families. Community Schools are designed to counter environmental factors that impede student achievement. Fundamentally, Community Schools coordinate and maximize public, non-profit and private resources to deliver critical services to students and their families, thereby increasing student achievement and generating other positive outcomes. 

Community Schools Technical Assistance Centers (TACs)external link icon

The responsibilities of the TACs include statewide dissemination of information on effective and promising practices in the establishment and ongoing management of Community School strategies through professional development and technical assistance activities designed to:

  • Familiarize school personnel across New York State with Community School strategies;
  • Increase the knowledge and skills of school personnel and community partners to aid in the implementation, management, and sustainability of Community Schools;
  • Promote the establishment and development of Community Schools that incorporate the characteristics of Community Schools strategies listed above: a rigorous academic program with strong supports, a full range of school-based and school-linked programs and services, and partnerships that demonstrate collaboration with the local community;
  • Provide school districts with the tools necessary to design and implement needs/resource assessments that will provide the data necessary to effectively target Community School resources;
  • Increase statewide capacity to support effective Community School strategies; and
  • Identify and evaluate the school districts’ needs within a region in order to provide tailored technical assistance and professional development.

The New York City Community Schools TAC at Fordham University

(Serving Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, and Richmond Counties)

Phone: (212) 636-6100


The Eastern New York TAC at Rockland 21st Century Collaborative for Children and Youth, Inc. (Rockland 21C)

(Serving Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Dutchess, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saint Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, Warren, Washington, and Westchester Counties)

Phone: (845) 627-5437


The Central/Western New York TAC at the Research Foundation for the State University of New York at Binghamton University

(Serving Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Erie, Genesee, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orleans, Oswego, Otsego, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates Counties)

Phone: (607) 777-9383


Community Schools Technical Assistance Centers Annual Impact


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Last Updated: January 27, 2023