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Connected Community Schools


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2016 - 2017

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  • AFT Innovation Fund Award – Initial Seed money to Rome Teachers Association (RTA) to begin community schools work in Rome, NY. – Rome Community Schools
  • Teacher-led development of 501(c)3, Rome Alliance for Education (RAE)
  • Hired Executive Director of RAE, Melissa Roys

  • Ribbon-Cutting at Bellamy Elementary, Rome CSD
  • CNYHHN, Inc Formal Collaborative Partnership, Executive Director Jane Vail
  • Partnership with Safe Schools Mohawk Valley to provide student support services
  • Development of LINK
  • Invitation to San Diego, CA Philanthropic Conference
  • 3rd Year award of AFT Innovation Fund Grant
  • Presentation to AFT in Washington, D.C.

Connected Community Schools New logo

  • Expansion into Secondary Level- Embedding model into entire Rome City School District
  • Awarded 35% of total AFT Innovation Fund
  • Announcement of Expansion by President of AFT, Randy Weingarten
  • Re-branded to Connected Community Schools

Community Partners logo

  • Opening of 2 Connected Community Schools:
    • Waterville Connected Schools
    • Dolgeville Connected Schools
  • Embedded 9 Satellite Mental Health clinics across the 3 Connected Districts
  • Formation of Community Response Team for COVID-19
  • Milestone: Reached 100 Community Partners for Advisory Board

Community School Districts

  • Formalized the Connected Model and developed executive and administrative infrastructure
  • Opening of 5 new Connected School Districts:
    • Camden Connected Schools
    • Little Falls Connected Schools
    • Whitesboro Connected Schools
    • Oneida Connected Schools
    • Central Valley Connected Schools
  • Formalized the Connected Model and developed executive and administrative infrastructure
  • Opening of 5 new Connected School Districts:
    • Adirondack Connected Schools
    • Holland Patent Connected Schools
    • Oppenheim Ephratah St. Johnsville Connected Schools
    • Madison Connected Schools
    • Canastota Connected Schools
  • Formation of Connect-Ed, 501(c)3 subsidiary organization of CNYHHN, Inc. and co-leader of CCS Initiative with RAE
  • July 2022, Opening of 2 Connected Schools
  • Mt Markham Connected Schools
  • New Hartford Connected Schools
  • As of August 2022, CCS now spans 3 BOCES, 14 Connected Districts, 58 Connected Schools, 7 counties, serving over 20,000 students. The Connected team has grown to 40+ staff including Site Coordinators, SEALs Coordinators, Central HUB team, Project Managers, Directors and Executive Leadership

Students enrolled

Individuals served through our community resource hubs

Snacks provided to students and classrooms

connected schools

= 923,000 Meals distributed

families LINKed to needed services and resources

Get In Touch


207 N James Street

Rome, New York

(315) 272-7498

School Hours: M-F: 8am - 4pm

Email Executive Director, Melissa Roys: MelissaR@connectedcs.org

Email Executive Director, Danielle Martin: DanielleM@connectedcs.org

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