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Community Schools

What is a Community School? 

Video courtesy of Partnership for the Future of Learning

Community Schools

Community Schools is a strategy and framework that transforms a school into a place where educators, local community members, families, and students work together to strengthen conditions for student learning and healthy development. As partners, they organize in- and out-of-school resources, supports, and opportunities so students and their families thrive.

The Baby Fold’s Community School program is a partnership between The Baby Fold and Unit 5 School District in McLean County. Community School Coordinators are embedded in Fairview and Cedar Ridge Elementary Schools. The program has been successful in supporting children, families, and teachers.

Our Approach

Using the school as the hub, The Baby Fold brings stakeholders together to ensure students thrive. We create partnerships between students, families, schools, and the community. These partnerships work to identify student needs along with the resources necessary to meet these needs so students succeed at school and beyond.

Children are at the center of our community schools approach, as we seek to strengthen conditions for student learning and healthy development. Our community schools model is built on 4 pillars:  

  • Expanded and Enriched Learning Time and Opportunities
  • Active Family and Community Engagement
  • Integrated Student Support
  • Collaborative Leadership and Practices


Community Schools Program
The Baby Fold
318 Susan Drive
Normal, IL 61761
(309) 530-1553

Current Needs

There are ongoing needs to help support the programs and services of The Baby Fold. The document below contains specific needs for Community Schools.

Community Schools Needs

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