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Community Schools is Redwood City 2020’s flagship initiative. While most of the collaborative’s community school work is currently focused on the K-8 level, Redwood City 2020 supports and advocates for community schools from cradle to career.

Community schools in Redwood City and North Fair Oaks were started by Redwood City 2020 and its partners in the year 2000 and further developed, implemented, and led by the Redwood City School District over the last 14 years. Click here for an overview of community schools in our community.

Redwood City 2020 and its partners’ success with community schools and their programs is evident in the numbers. During the 2012-2013 academic year, 84% of students enrolled in a community school participated in at least one community school program, meaning that community schools are impacting more students than ever since 2006.

Birth – Pre-K Community Schools

  • In 2013, Redwood City School District and Redwood City 2020 began the Family Engagement Impact Project to create sustainable, systemic and integrated family engagement through our community. See our work in Family Engagement for more details.
  • Redwood City School District is leveraging existing community school resources and systems to reach pre-K families, supporting families and staff to ease the pre-K to Kindergarten transition, and creating intentional avenues for pre-K families in early literacy practices.
  • Redwood City 2020 is leading and implementing dual-capacity (families and staff) professional development across pre-K and K-8 community schools to build the skill and climate for community mobilization teams. This helps create authentic and enthusiastic partnerships based in strengths, not deficits, across the community schools.

K-8 Community Schools

  • In 2000, Redwood City 2020 and its partners started the Community Schools Initiative, which resulted in the creation of six K-8 community schools in Redwood City.
  • For the past 14 years, the Redwood City School District has further developed, implemented, and led the six K-8 community schools.
  • Redwood City 2020 continues to support the six community schools by acting as present-day thought partners and advocates, and by providing some resource development.

High School Level Community Schools

  • Redwood City 2020 has supported Sequoia High School since 2003 and was instrumental to the community efforts that brought the Sequoia Teen Wellness Center and the Sequoia Teen Resource Center to Sequoia’s campus.
  • The Sequoia Teen Wellness Center provides medical services to youth ages 12-21 and is open to all youth in the community. The Sequoia Teen Resource Center provides free confidential counseling for Sequoia students and their families, as well as peer meditation, health education, one-on-one tutoring, and other youth development services.
  • Redwood City 2020 continues to be an active member of the Sequoia High School community by offering fiscal, operational, and resource-based support for the Sequoia Teen Resource Center, and by providing personnel to help organize student and parent health fairs.

Core Infrastructure Funders


  • As of 2015, there are 6 community schools in the Redwood City School District, serving 3,437 children in grades K-8.
  • 3,372 students and families (84%) received wrap-around services during the 2012-2013 academic year at Redwood City community schools, a 14% increase from 2011-2012.
  • 390,144 pounds of food were provided during 2013-2014 (value of $671,048).
  • $73,365 in CalFresh benefits were provided during 2013-2014.
  • 923 families received mental health services in 2012-2013.
  • 1,084 families received clothing and basic needs support in 2012-2013.
  • 1,967 students were given extended day learning opportunities in 2013-2014.
  • 1,124 parents received adult education through their children’s community schools.
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