June 2, 2022

California recently approved the first round of grants to convert potentially thousands of schools into full-service “community schools”. Community schools provide all kinds of services for kids and families – health care, mental health therapy, housing assistance, fresh fruit and vegetables – in an effort to help kids thrive in school. A reporter discusses what he saw at a local community school and a community school coordinator shares how her school has been transformed with this program.


  • Leslie Hu, Community school coordinator, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Middle School, San Francisco Unified
  • Jessica Petrilli, Principal, Helms Middle School, West Contra Costa Unified
  • Ali Tadayon, Reporter, EdSource

Read more from EdSource: California set to launch hundreds of community schools with $635 million in grants

Education Beat is a weekly podcast hosted by EdSource’s Zaidee Stavely and produced by Coby McDonald.