City Connects takes a systematic, high-impact, cost-effective approach to addressing the out-of-school factors that limit learning. The support we offer makes a significant impact on students — now, and years from now.
Every Student, Every Teacher, Every Year
When a school partners with City Connects, a full-time City Connects Coordinator becomes embedded within the fabric of the school. The City Connects Coordinator collaborates with teachers in every classroom to review the strengths and needs of every student, every year.
The City Connects Coordinator creates a tailored support plan for every student - leveraging a comprehensive range of prevention, intervention, and enrichment services that already exist in schools and communities.
Students who are most at risk receive an in-depth review and a broader level of support.
At City Connects schools, the City Connects Coordinator becomes the hub of student support — a single point of contact in an otherwise crowded maze of service providers. We alleviate the burden on principals and teachers, and we create an organized referral process for community-based partners.
Feedback and Follow-up
Using proprietary software developed for City Connects, City Connects Coordinators constantly track services and evaluate results, making sure every student is getting what’s needed.
The City Connects Coordinator works closely with students and their families, providing referrals and support that bolster the long-term health of the entire family. The following graphic shows the full process:
A Strong Base of Evidence
City Connects is an evidence-based intervention, committed to an ongoing and scientifically rigorous evaluation of our results. Our data shows that students who attended City Connects elementary schools outperform their peers well into high school.
- They perform better on standardized tests in elementary and middle school.
- Their report card scores are higher in elementary and middle school.
- They are less likely to be held back in a grade.
- They have lower rates of chronic absenteeism.
- They are far less likely to drop out.
- If they are English language learners, the positive outcomes are particularly striking.
Careful attention and tailored support — it adds up to a difference that lasts, for students and for communities.