Framingham Community Partners (FCP) was started in 1998 as a way to bring agencies together to share resources and foster collaborations in order to strengthen families and community systems. Three executive partners, the Framingham Public Schools, the United Way of Tri-County and the Town of Framingham, convene the Partnership.
Full Partnership meetings alternate monthly with Steering Committee meetings. The Steering Committee is responsible for planning and implementing the Partnership meetings, which provide lunch, program updates and a speaker.
Framingham Community Partners has hosted more than 180 individuals representing 82 different agencies at meetings over the past two years! In September 2005 the administrative support for the partnership moved to the Framingham Adult ESL+ program, under the leadership of Christine Taylor: (508) 626-4282. .
Equity and Achievement
For a number of years, the office of CRD focused efforts and resources on supporting the involvement of language and racial minority families in the education of their children. These efforts included:
- Family Outreach Teams
- Family Outreach Workers
- The foundation for family involvement: transportation, childcare & translations
- Family Resource Rooms
- Family Reading Nights
- Anti-Racism Course developed for FPS administrators and staff
- The MA Education Initiative for Latino Students (MEILS) was started
In 2003 grant resources were secured from the Carlisle Foundation to open an office with-in the school department that would focus their efforts on these issues. The Framingham School Department continues to support and fund the office of Office of Equity and Achievement: http://pages.framingham.k12.ma.us/equity.cfm.
Family Involvement Facilitators are provided through Bilingual Department of the Framingham Public Schools
In the 1995/96 school year, a system of translation services was developed to ensure accurate and timely translations for native Spanish and Portuguese speakers. A Review Team was established to certify that translators had the requisite skills to provide quality translations. This has resulted in a system that allows easy access to quality translators for all staff. Translations are paid for by a line in the school budget. Oversight of translation services was moved to the office of Equity and Achievement in September 2005.(http://pages.framingham.k12.ma.us/equity.cfm)
Woodrow Wilson Community School
CRD worked to establish WW as a community school, which included technical assistance and the Department of Education Families and Schools grant for 3 years ($105,000). Efforts included support for:
- Family Outreach Worker
- School-Wide Survey
- Development of an after school program
Today Woodrow Wilson continues as the District's only community school and the only school department run after school program. Woodrow Wilson
Elementary After School Programming
One of the first efforts of CRD was to help develop a new model for elementary after school programming. A system was developed, whereby the elementary schools rent space to vendors who provide programming in the schools. Due to these efforts, over .5 million dollars were raised over 5 years to support the development of elementary after school programs and the School-Age Childcare Council was established. In additions:
- Extended Day Program guide published in three languages
- Special Education Aides were in after school classrooms for 3 years
Middle School After School Programming
Work continues on the development of middle school after school programs. In partnership with the United Way of Tri-County, the FPS secured a grant to offer a Citizen Schools program and funds to support the middle school musicals in fiscal year 2003. Again with the help of the United Way, we were awarded the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant in FY2004 and a second grant was awarded in FY2005.
Citizen Schools at Walsh (2003)
Fuller/Walsh 21st Century grant $250,000 each year for 5 years (2004-2008)
Cameron 21st century grant $150,000 for each of 5 years (2005-2009)
Middle School Programs Council established
Summer programs established at Framingham State and Pine Manor
Exemplary program funds awarded to Fuller and Walsh extended the grant another 3 years (2009-2012)
New in 2008 - Expanded Learning Time (ELT)
The office of Community Resource Development has facilitated the Framingham Expanded Learning Time program by supporting school based building teams throughout the planning process for ELT. Each of the five participating school created a school plan that was crafted into a Distinct-wide proposal. CRD worked with district and school staff to coordinate district-wide issues such as transportation, staffing, development of district-wide partnerships and/or curricula, snacks and budgets. The office also communicates frequently with regional consultant to review our progress and prepare submission of applications to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.