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NOTE: as of April 17, 2007, the Free to Grow program has closed.
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Coalition for Community Schools

Children's Aid Society

The Children's Aid Society (CAS) is designed to ensure the physical and emotional well being of children and families, and to provide each child with the support and opportunities necessary to become a happy, healthy and productive adult.  The Society has established several community schools and other programs and services in the area of education.  The Society partnered with the New York City Board of Education, the city's Community School District Six and other community-based partners to open its first community school in Washington Heights in 1992. To date, The Children's Aid Society has been a partner in 10 community schools: five elementary schools, four intermediate schools and one high school, all in Northern Manhattan and the Bronx.  All of these sites focus on the fact that as children grow toward productive adulthood, the three major influences on their development are family, school and community.


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Free To Grow is a national program supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with direction and technical assistance provided by the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University.