Beginning in the summer of 2005, Grove Elementary School started helping young mothers graduate from Union High School by providing a room for their babies in an infant care program. Under the program, High School students drop their babies off at
7 a.m. and pick them up around 3 p.m. This arrangement enables students to attend classes and get their degree and graduate with their class. Community Action Project operates this program and rents a classroom from Union. A certified teacher and two assistants tend to the infants while their mothers are in class. The program runs on the same calendar program as Union Public Schools. The infant care program has since expanded to include Cedar Ridge and Rosa Parks schools. In cooperation with the Community Action Project
, Union has since expanded its services and is offering services for early child education
We envision a time when community schools serve as centers of community life, offering comprehensive programs, services, and opportunities to students, families, and the neighboring community.
Sustained by family, school, and community partnerships, community schools provide nurturing environments and enriching opportunities which promote successful learning.
With the support of community schools, every student will graduate from high school with a complete education, equipped with the academic, physical, social, and emotional skills needed to achieve success and continued active involvement in the community.
The Tulsa Area Community Schools Initiative (TACSI) provides leadership and influence to engage local communities in creating and sustaining community schools that support academic success and strengthen children, families, and communities.
We believe ...
Children and youth are our most precious resources.
All children can learn.
A community school improves student learning and promotes family engagement with students and their school.
All families deserve access to guidance, support, and resources, as they are the primary nurturers, educators, and advocates for their children.
Families, schools, and communities must work together to create safe and secure environments in which all young people can succeed.
Community partnerships increase opportunities available for student and family learning.
Public, private, and faith-based community organizations and businesses play a vital role in promoting positive youth development and capable families.
Community schools add vitality and stability to neighborhood communities.
Diversity is an asset to be valued and respected.
Strong and innovative leadership is necessary for long-term planning and sustainability.
A community school is strengthened by a system of accountability, evaluation, and continuous process improvement.
The best outcomes for students will be realized when these conditions for learning are in place:
The school has a core instructional program with qualified teachers, a challenging curriculum, and high standards and expectations for students. Students are motivated and engaged in learning--both in school and in community settings, during and after school. The basic physical, mental, and emotional health needs of young people and their families are recognized and addressed.
Mutual respect and effective collaboration exist among parents, families, and school staff. Community engagement and school efforts promote a school climate that is safe, supportive, and respectful, and connects students to a broader learning community. Early childhood development is fostered through high-quality, comprehensive programs that nurture learning and development.