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Evaluation of Full-Service Community Schools

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November 2019 – June 2025



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Mathematica Policy Research
Equity and Results
Social Policy Research
Urban Institute


Children living in distressed communities face significant academic, social, and health challenges, many of which have been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. The Full-Service Community Schools program aims to address these challenges by funding coordination and expansion of a comprehensive set of educational and developmental services for students, their families, and the broader community. Grants typically go to school districts and community-based organizations. Since 2010, Congress has invested $55 million in the program, which is authorized by Title IV of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Congress also mandated an evaluation of the effectiveness of the program, which this study will inform.

  • To what extent do the Full-Service Community Schools grants extend the reach of the program model?
  • How do grantees and grantee schools make progress towards implementing the Full-Service Community Schools model? What are grantees' common challenges, and how do they address them?

This study will assess the ways in which implementation of the Full-Service Community Schools program is being carried out, which could lay the groundwork for studying the effectiveness of the grants in the near future. Data collection will include surveys of grantee organizations, grantee schools, and potentially teachers in grantee schools and annual performance reports to describe program implementation.

The report is expected in 2025 and will be announced on

Key findings will be available after the report is published.