The Cranston Family Center and COZ has been supported by the Cranston Public Schools for over 20 years. There are ten Child Opportunity Zone in the state. The COZ is Rhode Island’s community school initiative,and was instrumental in the inception of the Rhode Island Partnership for Community Schools.
The current Family Center is the outgrowth of the COZ model and its mission has also evolved to reflect the infusion of Title I funds. The Family Center is charged with the responsibility of insuring compliance for the Title I parent engagement requirements. While the Family Center has always promoted family engagement, our role was expanded to provide support to all the Title I schools in this area. The mission of the Cranston Family Center is to link families to the schools and learning to promote student success. The Family Center works with families to remove obstacles that inhibit their ability to actively participate in their child’s education. To accomplish this, the Family Center employs a four tiered system.