2015-08-05 / Features

Zone 126 Wins DOE Contract

Zone 126 has been selected by the New York City Department of Education as the non-profit organization to lead the Renewal Community Schools initiative at PS/IS 111 and Long Island City High School (Q450) over the course of the next three years (2015-2018). Zone 126 has been awarded $3.8 million in contracts to achieve this. The award by the DOE to Zone 126, whose work is supporting Queens families living in public housing in zip codes 11101, 11102, and 11106, marks a significant investment in Astoria and Long Island City’s high-need communities.

As part of the Mayor’s vision to transform 94 New York City public schools, Zone 126 is part of a citywide call to action. Mayor de Blasio envisions the expansion of Community Schools as a central strategy for achieving an equitable educational system. The initiative builds on the DOE’s Framework for Great Schools and is aligned with the administration’s various efforts focused on youth and families, coming on the heels of expanding full-day pre-kindergarten to every four-year-old and offering afterschool programs to every middle school student. With equity as a key driver, the administration will develop the next generation of Community Schools and establish the systems and structures to ensure they address inequality in sustainable ways. The programs provided in Community Schools are evidence-based strategies to close the achievement gap by expanding opportunities for young people. They prepare students—and families— to enter school prepared to succeed. By increasing student time in the classroom, as well as in the local museum, on the playing field, and in the chess club, Community Schools help prepare students to be college- and career- ready.

Zone 126 will continue to leverage their Cross-Sector and Implementation Partners to work together with the DOE to offer tailored programs uniquely suited to the needs of the community. In addition, they will be coordinating the support, organizing, and planning of these programs through a dedicated Community Schools director in each school as part of the school’s leadership team, conducting data collection and analysis across school programs, and further development of parental and community engagement.

Zone 126 has been driving community transformation in Astoria and Long Island City through building Cradle-to-Career Community Schools in the 10 public schools, and they are partnered with the DOE to further support and advocate for partner schools PS/IS 111 and Long Island City High School as they become holistic environments for students and families to thrive.

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