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Core Beliefs

1. Provide access and equity for our students and families – Effective academic programs and quality resources are essential for students to graduate prepared for college and career and to later become responsive and responsible citizens.  Paterson’s community schools combine school and community services to close the achievement and opportunity gap for our students and families.

2. Nurture strong partnerships and identify community assets– Our community has many resources that provide supportive programs and activities for our schools to address barriers to learning and sustain Paterson’s community schools initiative.

3. Set high expectations for students and adults– Paterson’s community schools have high expectations where all students have the ability to learn at rigorous levels and adults are expected to operate at high levels in order to reach established school goals.  Parents are provided opportunities to be a partner in their child’s education.

4. Operate as a results-driven / data-driven community – Paterson’s community schools utilize multiple measures of data to identify best strategies and effective practices towards established goals in student achievement, attendance, and parental and community engagement.






Initiative: 2010-2014

A Full Service Community School is a school in which service agencies and schools team up to meet a whole range of children's social, emotional, and academic needs, using the school building as a hub. Through outside partnerships, students and families can benefit from the services such as a mental health counselor, a bilingual family caseworker, after-school enrichment, a health center, dental care, nutrition, and counseling to name a few.

The Full Service Community Schools initiative is progressing through the various planning stages.   In 2010, School 5 was selected to launch this initiative in Phase I with the 2010-2011 school year seeing the transformation of the school into a Full Service Community School. The school has been responding to the needs assessments of the community and providing medical, social, and academic services to students and members of the community. Phase II included New Roberto Clemente and Reverend, Dr. Frank Napier Academy, as they transformed into Full Service Community Schools for the 2011-2012 school year. In the 2013-2014 school year, School 6 and School 15 were launched representing Phase III of the initiative. Planning for Phase IV is underway and applications will be sent out to all schools within the district in order to gain a sense of those that would be interested. Upon reviewing the applications, visits will be made in order to assess building usage, general interior areas, instructional areas, and food service areas.

Over the past four years, Theory of Change (TOC) workshops have been conducted for each Phase.  The TOC includes stakeholders of the Paterson Public Schools Full Service Community Schools Initiative, school administration, teachers, staff, and district personnel.  The TOC is conducted by ActKnowledge, is an action research organization of the Center for Human Environments at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and has worked on the evaluation of Children’s Aid Society community schools. The TOC has been co-facilitated by the Children’s Aid Society, which has been our Technical Advisor since the beginning.  The goal of the TOC is for the community school initiative to clearly identify its outcomes through a transparent and participatory process. A TOC begins with developing a “pathway” of outcomes. The pathway is the step-by-step set of conditions that need to be in place to reach the long-term goal. The Paterson FSCS initiative will complete all or most of their outcomes framework during the workshop, and can continue to develop the TOC over time.

FSCS Partners

School Site

Lead Agency Partner

School 5

New Jersey Community Development Corporation

New Roberto Clemente

St. Paul’s Community Development Corporation

Reverend, Dr. Frank Napier Academy

Boys and Girls Club of Paterson & Passaic

School 6

New Destiny Family Success Center

School 15

St. Paul’s Community Development Corporation

School 2

Oasis – A Haven For Women and Children

JFK Educational Complex

NJ Community Development Corporation (NJCDC)




NJ Community Development Corporation

St. Paul’s Community Development Corporation

St. Paul’s Community Development Corporation

Boys and Girls Club of Paterson & Passaic

Boys and Girls Club of Paterson & Passaic


New Destiny

New Destiny Family Success Center


Oasis: A Haven for Women and Children

Health & Wellness

Health and Wellness


Felician University

The Children’s Aid Society

William Paterson University, School of Adult and Continuing Education

William Paterson University, School of Adult and Continuing Education

Patterson Education Fund Logo

Paterson Education Fund

Paterson Adult & Continuing Education

Paterson Adult & Continuing Education

21st Century Community Learning Centers

21st Century Community
Learning Centers

Paterson Reads

Paterson Reads



Evaluation Reports











Contact Us

Jenna Goodreau

Director of Full Service Community Schools
90 Delaware Ave, Paterson, NJ 07503
Phone: (973) 321-0713   
Email: jgoodreau@paterson.k12.nj.us

Kristy Wellins

School Improvement Supervisor
90 Delaware Ave, Paterson, NJ 07503
Phone: (973) 321-1000 x19010   
Email: kwellins@paterson.k12.nj.us

Beatriz Quiroz

Special Funding Program Advisor
90 Delaware Ave, Paterson, NJ 07503
Phone: (973) 321-0619  
Email: bquiroz@paterson.k12.nj.us

Sakena Thompson

Program Manager, PPS 21 CCLC
90 Delaware Ave, Paterson, NJ 07503
Phone: (973) 321-0556   
Email: sthompson@paterson.k12.nj.us






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