Communities in Schools

Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo (CIS) is a part of a nationwide network of passionate professionals working in public schools to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.


Many children face challenges both inside and outside the classroom. Through a school-based coordinator, CIS brings together the support of hundreds of volunteers and partner organizations to meet student needs at school—before, during, and after class—so that outside problems interfere less with learning and plans to stay in school and graduate on time.


CIS works within the Kalamazoo Public Schools, and helps to address school and student needs and establishing relationships with local businesses, social service agencies, health care providers, and parent and volunteer organizations to provide needed resources to students. Whether it’s tutoring, eyeglasses, a new pair of socks, a backpack full of food for the weekend, or after-school support, when these needs are met, students can concentrate on learning.


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The Learning Network of Greater Kalamazoo

The Learning Network of Greater Kalamazoo is a dynamic, growing collaboration of individuals and organizations embracing a vision that every child in Kalamazoo County will be ready for school, ready for college and ready for the world. Achieving this vision will distinguish the greater Kalamazoo area as a national-class center of learning and youth development. The Learning Network, formed in June 2011, is helping to launch Kalamazoo County Ready 4s, a pilot program to make quality preschool available and accessible to all 4-year-old county residents.


The Learning Network, which is funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Kalamazoo Community Foundation, comprises grants totaling $11 million to help support child development in Kalamazoo: $6 million over three years from the Kellogg Foundation and $5 million over five years from the Kalamazoo Community Foundation.


The Learning Network is aligning community forces to:

  • Emphasize the value of education as the key to prosperity;

  • Leverage new and existing resources for initiatives that advance education and job readiness,

  • Help set a common agenda to transform education; and

  • Realize the vision that the community's future depends on education.

Specifically, the Network will facilitate community-wide cooperation that will:

  • Increase school readiness for all young people;

  • Improve student performance; and

  • Prepare individuals for meaningful careers.

The Learning Network will seek involvement and innovation in:

  • Literacy;

  • College readiness and access to higher education;

  • Health and wellness;

  • Urban vitality; and

  • Economic development.