The California Community Schools Partnership Program (CCSPP) provides an opportunity to transform schools into community hubs that deliver a whole child education. The CCSPP enables California to “build a cohesive statewide approach that mitigates the disparate impacts of COVID-19 on student learning, cognitive and social development, and emotional well-being.” It is designed to “accelerate efforts across the state to reimagine schools in ways that are aligned with the equity goals that support the hopes, dreams, and aspirations of California’s families.”

The CCSPP supports schools’ efforts to partner with community agencies and local government to align community resources to improve student outcomes and provide an integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development, and community engagement.

The UCLA Center for Community Schooling, in partnership with the Alameda County Office of Education, Californians for Justice and the National Education Association, provide support to grantees across the state as the State’s Transformational Assistance Center (S-TAC).

California Community Schools in Action:

A Blog Series

Latest Publication from the S-TAC

Measuring What Matters in California Community Schools: A White Paper

California’s historic $4.1B investment in community schools presents an extraordinary opportunity to collect and use multiple measures of implementation quality and whole-child outcomes. This white paper charts a path for combining state and local measures to inform the development, monitoring, and improvement of community schooling across California.

UCLA Center for Community Schooling’s Role in the

State Transformational Assistance Center

The UCLA Center for Community Schooling leads three areas of work within the S-TAC. The CCS team brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and expertise to this community-engaged work.

Deep Dive Transformation Partners

We partner with CCSPP implementation grantees to to understand community schools implementation from a systems perspective–building evaluative and collective capacity to improve and transform community schooling.

Resource Creation & Curation

We develop and curate community schooling resources that are aligned with the California Community Schools Framework and are receptive to the needs of practitioners in community schools across the state.

Data Collection & Analysis

We lead the collection and analysis of data from all CCSPP grantee organizations, build capacity of grantees to utilize data, and produce data reports for various stakeholders to ensure public accountability.

S-TAC Partner Organizations

We work with three partner organizations in our work as the S-TAC.

CCSPP Over the Years

Community schools are a century-old idea. In response to profound and persistent inequities in educational opportunities and outcomes, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, a growing number of states and local governments are reinvigorating this century-old concept, including California. In order to build a cohesive statewide approach that eases the distinct impacts of COVID-19 on student learning, cognitive and social development, and emotional well-being, the California Department of Education (CDE) has launched an initiative called the California Community Schools Partnership Program (CCSPP). This initiative is designed to accelerate efforts across the state to reimagine schools as empowering, racially-just, relationship-centered spaces where all students thrive–community schools.

  • The Covid-19 pandemic exacerbated long-standing racialized inequities in the California education system.
  • The California Partnership for the Future of Learning collaborated with over 20 grassroots and racial-justice organizations to conduct a listening campaign that engaged over 600 students and families from low-income communities of Color across 20 school districts.
  • This campaign led to increased efforts to ensure that all California schools are racially just, relationship-centered spaces that involve students, families, educators, and the community in decision-making.
  • The Governor and legislature respond to advocacy efforts by investing $45 million in grants for sustaining or expanding community schools.
  • In July 2021, responding to advocacy and organizing efforts, the California Legislature passed the historic California Community Schools Partnership Program (CCSPP), allocating $3 billion to establish new and expand community schools through June 2028.
  • The California Department of Education begins the work of implementing the CCSPP, and students, families, and communities organize to ensure that implementation is equitable and aligned with the needs and assets of those most marginalized by the current education system.
  • In 2022, the California Legislature adds an additional $1.1 billion for a total of $4.1 billion for the CCSPP and extending funding through June 2031. 
  • In January 2022, the California State Board of Education (SBE) adopted the California Community Schools Framework. The Framework incorporates many of the key priorities identified by the community as essential to creating racially-just community schools. 
  • In May 2022, the SBE unanimously approves the first round of planning and implementation grants to 265 school districts, county offices of education and charters, totaling $635 million. 
  • The SBE names the Alameda County Office of Education, in partnership with UCLA Center for Community Schooling, National Education Association and Californians for Justice as the State Technical Asssistance Center (STAC).
  • The STAC changes its name to the State Transformational Assistance Center to signal that the community schools strategy is a collaborative and innovative approach to public schooling that reimagines schools as communities capable of disrupting social inequality. 
  • In November 2022, the SBE establishes a network of community schools by naming and approving eight county offices of education that will serve as Regional Technical Assistance Centers (RTACs).
  • In March 2023, the SBE approved a second round of planning grants to 226 school districts, county offices of education and charters, totaling $45 million.
  • In May 2023, the SBE approved a second round of implementation grants to 128 school districts, county offices of education and charters, totaling $751 million.
  • The S-TAC expands its support of CCSPP grantees by collaborating with newly established R-TACs, hosting an Empower Summit, engaging students, parents, and community members in decision-making spaces, and producing resources aligned with the CCS Overarching Values.
  • A third round of implementation grants will be awarded in Spring 2024.
  • A statewide evaluator will be named to assess the growth and progress of the CCSPP.
  • CCSPP Extension Grants, for CCSPP Implementation grantees, to extend funding for an additional two years will be awarded beginning in 2025. The grant awards are up to $100,000 annually.


Eight Regional Technical Assistance Centers (R-TACs) were identified by the Department of Education to support the ongoing planning and implementation of the California Community Schools Partnership Program. The eight regional centers support California’s vast regional areas.

Use the map to see which R-TAC serves your county and access contact information!

Northern California

Shasta COE

Butte, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, and Trinity

Capitol Area

Sacramento COE

Alpine, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Sierra, Solano, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba

Bay Area

Santa Clara COE

Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Sonoma

Central Coast

Monterey COE

Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, and Ventura

Central Valley

Fresno Valley COE

Amador, Calaveras, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Tuolumne

Greater Los Angeles

Los Angeles COE

Los Angeles

Southern Inland

San Bernardino COE

Inyo, Mono, Riverside, and San Bernardino

Southern Coast

San Diego COE

Imperial, Orange, and San Diego