About Community Schools
In 2009, Brooklyn Center Community Schools became the first Full-Service Community Schools' District in the state of Minnesota. With over 100 partners and programs (several of which are co-located), our goal is to provide access to services that will assist in the areas of academic achievement and attainment, health and wellness supports, and a number of social services that aid in the success of all.
What is a Community School?
- A set of school and community partnerships
- A community hub
- Is open most of the time
- Serves the “whole” child
- Integrated co-located, coordinated & comprehensive services
- Provides access to health & family resources
- Offers educational and support services to families and community members
For more information on Brooklyn Center Community Schools, please contact Renee Starr at 763-561-2120 x2124 or visit the Coalition of Community Schools’ website at www.communityschools.org
BC Community Schools Features:
Cultural Nights & Family Nights
Cultural and Family Nights are events that take place a few times a year (see calendar) to encourage BC families to be more engaged in both the school and the community. These events feature a variety of offerings such as college access information; financial aid for college, summer opportunities, games and activities, and opportunities to celebrate a variety of cultures.
Health Resource Center
Brooklyn Center’s Health Resource Center (HRC) offers medical (includes sexual health education), vision, dental, mental health services and assistance with health insurance access, to youth of Brooklyn Center Schools and community. Remolding was funded entirely by partnering contractors and Park Nicollet Foundation. United Way is also a huge supporter of the HRC and it’s operation.
Children’s Dental Services (CDS) provides a full range of restorative and preventative care. CDS provides care for insured patients and will work with those who are uninsured, on a sliding scale discount program. CDS provides services Mondays and every fourth Friday, call 612-746-1530 for appointments.
Park Nicollet provides free medical services on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 – 5:00 p.m. (no appointment needed). Mental Health services are provided by Family Partnerships and North Psychology Clinic, and are available for youth who are insured or uninsured.To schedule an appointment for mental health services, please call 763-561-2120, ext 5100.
To receive services, a completed written and signed consent form by the parent/guardian and is required annually for all children and youth, except as provided under Minnesota “Minors Consent” law for the following services: medical treatment, including immunizations; dental treatments; and mental therapy. Consent forms are available in school health offices and at the Health Resource Center.
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Partnerships come in a variety of forms from providing services during the school day to contributing resources onsite for our families/communities to access such as the Health Resource Center for medical type services. The purpose of our partnerships are to help unite communities while eliminating barriers to student success as well as to strengthen our community through engagement. Stay tuned for a complete list of partnerships/programs.
Family Resource Rooms
Provides families and the community with assistance in locating resources, volunteer opportunities, parent education programs/classes, etc. Contact our Family Resource Room staff for more information.
Immigration and refugee services
BC strives to connect students, families, and the community to resources that will create a self-sufficient life. We do this by partnering with the community to offer resources and services that eliminate barriers.
Integration funds help us to connect students with rigorous course work and opportunities to connect with other students while also focusing on the needs to close the education achievement gap.
Refugee services are available through partnering collaborations and service councils as well as partners. For those seeking assistance with Spanish interpreting services are also available through school Family Resource Rooms.