History

Communities In Schools focuses on meeting the unique needs of students and schools in their local communities, while participating in a strong national and statewide network with a long history of working to keep kids in school.

National Backing

The story of Communities In Schools began in the 1970s, when founder Bill Milliken, then a youth advocate in New York City, came up with the idea of bringing community resources inside public schools where they are accessible, coordinated and accountable.

From this grassroots beginning, Communities In Schools grew into the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization, now in 25 states and the District of Columbia.

Statewide Support

Communities In Schools began operating in Washington in 1991 at the urging of Boeing, Costco and other business and education leaders. They were concerned about the burden on public schools, which were increasingly expected to provide for the basic needs of students in addition to education.

Communities In Schools offered a solution with its comprehensive, coordinated, and cost-effective strategy, as well as evidence of success in other parts of the country. With support from major employers, Communities In Schools of Washington took root and now operates in 20 school districts statewide.

Local Connection

Communities In Schools of Peninsula (CISP) was incorporated in 2000 and serves children and families residing within the boundaries of the Peninsula School District. Our organization partners with schools and local community agencies to provide programs and services that alleviate the barriers impeding the learning of our youth.

CISP is an independent nonprofit organization managed by a local board of directors. The CISP office is located on the Key Peninsula and currently has programs and services at 10 of the 15 schools in our district.