What We Do
Each student’s ability to thrive in the classroom depends on a unique set of academic, social/emotional, health, and family-related factors. Out-of-school factors can impede a child's ability to come to school ready to learn and thrive.
We address each child’s strengths and needs across four dimensions (academic, social/emotional, health, and family) using the City Connects model of optimized student support (learn more about what City Connects does in theory and in practice).
At the heart of the CCCS intervetion is a School Site Coordinator (SSC). These Master’s-level school counselors or school social workers serve as a hub for student support activities and collaborate with families, school faculty and staff, and the Boston College leadership and research team. The SSC works with the classroom teacher and other school staff to assess each child’s strengths and needs in four domains: academic, social/emotional, health, and family.
In the 2011-12 school year, CCCS connected 4,500 students from 16 Boston Catholic elementary schools to 11,000 services and enrichment opportunities.
Based on this information, each student is connected to a tailored set of school- and community-based services and enrichment opportunities. The SSC facilitates and enhances partnerships with community agencies to meet the identified needs of students, families, and schools. He or she assists families to take the necessary steps to access the services and enrichment activities recommended for their children.
The SSC also collaborates with classroom teachers and community agencies to develop effective classroom interventions around behavioral, social-emotional, and health concerns.