When systemic inequities interfere with students' ability to stay in school and achieve in life (poverty, low rates of educational attainment, unaffordable housing, lack of health insurance), CIS NOVA steps in surrounding students in eight elementary, middle, and high schools with holistic safety-net, academic improvement, family engagement, and college and career supports that empower them to keep learning and succeed. Anchored by site coordinators in each location and working closely with school districts, teachers, and over 70 community partners, CIS NOVA transforms each school into a rich environment that provides culturally and linguistically accessible services to students and families. Currently, it provides increased support to those dealing with pandemic-related learning slide and to alums who graduated during the crisis. This nationally proven model of coordinated, school-based support has demonstrated that, when their needs are met, all children can thrive.

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Budget (FY2023)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Communities in Schools of NOVA is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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