A Square One Approach for economically and socially disadvantaged children
United Way is partnering with Washington Unified School District in West Sacramento on Community Schools, a pilot project that applies systemic solutions to address individual student needs. Community schools are designed to support the whole child, strengthen families and improve community health through neighborhood hubs.
Remaining in their neighborhood, families have convenient access to health care, mentoring, expanded learning programs and adult guidance in a nurturing environment. Ultimately, these services help reduce chronic absenteeism and adverse disciplinary actions while improving academic success and the overall health and well-being of students.
Plans are also underway to offer extended learning opportunities through before and after school programs designed to reverse the learning losses of recent years. These evidence-based activities include field trips, team-oriented STEM and language challenges as well as youth character and job-skills development.
United Way is leading the planning process of this innovative pilot project. The overall planning process will include extensive communication and research among local students, families, school staff and government agencies.