The Communities In Schools Model In Schools
Communities In Schools works within the public school system, determining student needs and establishing relationships with local businesses, social service agencies, health care providers, and parent and volunteer organizations to provide needed resources. Many children face challenges both inside and outside the classroom. Through a school-based site coordinator, Communities In Schools strategically aligns and delivers needed resources so that students can focus on learning. Communities In Schools is a cost-effective model. We work within public school systems and maximize the use of dedicated volunteers and community partners. Communities In School supports innovative programs based on best practices for improving student achievement. CIS is dedicated to ensuring quality within our network and practices. We provide training for staff and ensure each local affiliate serving students adheres to our standards of quality. We call our model CHaSYN (Creating Healthy and Strong Youth Now)!
Parents As Teachers
Parents As Teachers is an early childhood evidence-based education program serving expectant parents or parents with children ages birth to 5 years who reside in Catoosa County. The Parents As Teachers program is designed to raise awareness of the importance of enhancing school readiness by reaching children during the crucial years. During the 2016 school year, Parents As Teachers provided 81 Catoosa families and 101 Children with: 639 home visits, 120, developmental screenings, 480 community resource linkages and referrals for services, 23 monthly group meetings, 60 health assessments, and 33 teen parents receiving services.
The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program is one of the most effective evidence-based parenting programs in the world, backed up by more than 30 years of ongoing research. Triple P gives parents simple and practical strategies to help them confidently manage their children’s behavior, prevent problems developing and build strong, healthy relationships. Triple P is currently used in 25 countries and has been shown to work across cultures, socio-economic groups and in many different kinds of family structures.
Sight for Students
Communities In Schools is proud to offer the Sight for Students program. Children in Catoosa County who are in need of eye care services, who don’t have Medicaid or other insurance, can access eye care. An eye exam and glasses are available to students who qualify.
Secret Santa is a program of Communities In Schools developed to provide middle and high school students with Christmas. Christmas items mainly consist of basic needs items such as clothing and personal hygiene products.
Lexia is an evidence-based computer reading program designed to improved reading skills for all students pre-K through 4th grade, and help intensify and accelerate for at-risk student in grades 4th through 12th. The Lexia reading program is currently provided through a partnership with Communities In Schools of Catoosa and the North Georgia YMCA. Lexia licenses are funded through United Way giving.