In 2018, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) founded three New York State Regional Community Schools Technical Assistance Centers (NYS CS-TAC) in order to support the development and sustainability of effective community schools throughout the State. The Technical Assistance Centers operate in three regions:
- The Central/Western Region (Judicial Districts 5, 6, 7, 8), led by Binghamton University
- The Eastern Region (Judicial Districts 3, 4, 9, 10), led by Rockland 21C
- The New York City Region (Judicial Districts 1, 2, 11, 12, 13), led by Fordham University
The Community Schools Technical Assistance Centers represent NYSED’s initiative to build capacity for community schools—schools that emphasize family engagement, have strong community partnerships, and provide additional supports for students and families designed to counter environmental factors that impede student achievement. Each Technical Assistance Center provides school personnel and community partners with free quality resources, guidance, and training.
The mission of the New York State Regional Technical Assistance Centers is to build upon the existing strengths of school districts to remove barriers to learning and support the whole child through technical assistance, professional development, and the creation of Communities of Practice that advance the community schools strategy.
The New York State Regional Community Schools Technical Assistance Centers envision all schools having:
- Families who are active partners in their child’s education
- Capacity to meet the educational, mental health, and health needs of students through fully aligned and integrated programs and services
- Students who graduate on time and are college and career ready
- Stakeholders from across sectors as full partners, who support the school as a hub of its community