For Immediate Release: April 23, 2015

Contact: Rachel Strauch-Nelson (608) 663-1903


The Madison Community Foundation today awarded the Madison School District a three year $300,000 grant to support community planning and implementation of four full service schools. Full service schools integrate community services into school sites, connecting students and families with needed services and making schools hubs of coordinated support. 


“Full service schools take our support for children and families in Madison to a new level. Many of our families still struggle with access to community services, but by integrating coordinated services where our children and families are every day, we will be better able to support families and our students,” Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham said. “We are thrilled that thanks to the Madison Community Foundation, we’ll be able to work together to make full service schools a reality in Madison.”


Full service schools integrate services like health care, academic tutoring, mentoring, food access or parent leadership opportunities into school sites. The grant is the largest that the Madison Community Foundation has awarded this year.


“Our public school system is the most important asset we have as a community. Over 27,000 students walk through those doors every day, and in order for our community to flourish in the long run each of those students needs to flourish in class today,” Bob Sorge, President of the Madison Community Foundation said. “Madison Community Foundation’s grant will help the Madison Metropolitan School District align programs in the neighborhoods where they are needed most – and surround kids and their families with the resources they need to thrive.”


This grant will support the launch of four full service schools in Madison. The  district will plan in the 2015-16 school year, launch two schools in the 2016-17 school year and launch two more schools in the 2017-18 school year. As the planning process begins, the district will identify partners and enlist parents and the community to help develop the model and coordinate services.