Jul 18, 2016

Lynch School of Education Researchers Discuss the Cost-Benefit Returns of City Connects


Even when accounting for all costs, City Connects has immensely positive impacts on society.

Jul 14, 2016

New Profit Makes Philanthropic Investment in City Connects

A new partnership with New Profit, Inc will support City Connects’ efforts to expand the impact of its evidence-based model of “whole child” support services and increase access to the pioneering research and best practices developed by the initiative.

Dec 15, 2015

City Connects on Television


The impact of City Connects on students’ achievement and life chances has long been evident to researchers and education professionals. And the world at large is starting to take notice as well! Recently WGBH News profiled City Connects, focusing on the efforts of City Connects Coordinator Anne Young’s work at the Holmes Elementary School in Boston. The news segment explores the City Connects program in general, as well as how it has improved the life of a particular fourth grade student at the Holmes. Special thanks to the Holmes Elementary School Principal Yeshi Gaskin Lamour, interviewed in this news clip.

Nov 10, 2015

Economist Study finds City Connects to be a Cost Effective Solution

Columbia's Teachers College Newsroom

We are pleased to post this recent article from Columbia University, which highlights research showing that the City Connects approach is cost effective. Dr. Henry Levin, the William Heard Kilpatrick Professor of Economics & Education, is a nationally recognized expert in benefit-cost studies in education. His method assesses whether the costs of implementing effective interventions yield savings to society by generating increases in taxable income or by reducing utilization of public assistance, health care, and the criminal justice system. In the case of City Connects, Levin finds the estimated return on investment is 3:1, meaning society will save three dollars for every dollar invested in the City Connects model. The article states that “previous studies have demonstrated that students who attend elementary schools affiliated with City Connects outperform their peers well into high school, with better test scores, higher grades, more consistent attendance, less retention in grade and lower dropout rates.” Levin’s new report shows that “the program is remarkably cost effective, too.”

Sep 10, 2015

City Connects Op-Ed: Dealing with stressors at urban schools

Commonwealth Magazine

In an op-ed piece in Commonwealth Magazine, Mary Walsh (founder of City Connects) and Andre Ravenelle (president of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents) examine how City Connects links social workers and students.

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"City Connects results offer powerful support for what should be common sense: when we address the challenges poor students face both within and beyond schools, they flourish."

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