Sundra Woodford, MS, EdD
Community Engagement Project Manager
This year we launched our Community Schools United, a neighborhood-based strategy that has shown phenomenal success. The program's strategy rethinks public schools to provide children in low-income communities with a high quality education. It centers public schools as hubs for communities and combines a rigorous, relevant educational program with extended learning opportunities, family and community engagement, and an infusion of social services. There are roughly 5,000 community schools in the United States today, and a social return on investment study indicated every $1 invested in community schools delivers an additional $12-$15 in social value.