For immediate release: April 18, 2017
CALDWELL, Idaho — The National League of Cities (NLC) has selected Caldwell as one of six cities to participate in the Mayors’ Institute on Advancing Education and Health through a Community Schools Strategy, May 2-4, in Philadelphia.
In addition to Caldwell Mayor Garret Nancolas, mayors from Brooklyn Center, Minnesota; Houston; Philadelphia; Rancho Cucamonga, California; and Toledo, Ohio, will participate in the Mayors’ Institute.
NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, in partnership with the Coalition for Community Schools, looks forward to Nancolas participating in this intensive problem-solving session with peers, city teams and leading national experts that will help each city improve children’s health and education outcomes through a community schools strategy. Funding is provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
United Way of Treasure Valley, the City of Caldwell and the Caldwell School District are working together to launch Sacajawea Elementary School as a community school this fall.
Using existing public schools as hubs, community schools bring together many stakeholders to offer a range of supports and opportunities to children, families and communities. From financial literacy to health and dental services, to hands-on opportunities to explore career options in school and afterschool, the community schools model draws heavily on community assets to better support students.
Services offered are adapted to meet the needs of the local community and aligned to support academic outcomes. Community schools include neighborhood outreach, programming and data sharing between the school and community partners.
“At United Way, we are excited to collaborate with the City of Caldwell and the Caldwell School District to launch a community school strategy that meets the needs of Caldwell children, their families and the surrounding neighborhood,” said Nora Carpenter, president and CEO of United Way of Treasure Valley.
“Community schools are a national movement because they address the needs of the whole child, which ultimately helps more students succeed in and out of the classroom,” said Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. “I look forward to sharing what we’ve been able to accomplish so far in Philadelphia, while also learning best practices from other cities.”
Mayors and their city teams will spend their first two days in Philadelphia engaged in problem-solving sessions with their peers. On May 4, city teams will tour one of Philadelphia’s nine community schools.
“The community schools strategy is a promising approach to ensure kids are healthy and ready to learn. It pulls together practical community resources to support children and ensure they can reach their full potential,” said NLC CEO and Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony. “We’re excited to bring together mayors and their teams to share promising practices and lessons from cities around the country.”
For more information on NLC’s Culture of Health Initiative, visit www.nlc.org/health-and-wellness.
About United Way of Treasure Valley
United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of everyone in the Treasure Valley. Through careful research, United Way identifies the biggest local needs. To meet those needs, United Way brings together people and organizations with the passion, expertise and resources necessary to improve our community. You can learn about our work at www.unitedwaytv.org. Follow United Way on Twitter: @UnitedWayTV and use #LiveUnited.
About National League of Cities
The National League of Cities is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans. The Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, a special entity within the National League of Cities, helps municipal leaders take action on behalf of the children, youth, and families in their communities.
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