A Community Collaborative Team (CCT) is continuing its efforts this school year to support the connections between the community, schools and children and their families by providing services and education.

A Community Collaborative Team (CCT) is continuing its efforts this school year to support the connections between the community, schools and children and their families by providing services and education.

The CCT consists of representatives from more than 15 community based organizations who work closely with school district leadership to identify needs of students and families based on building data, and then target key strategies that fit into school building plans.

For the past three years, the CCT has been partnering with the Ashtabula Area City Schools and has provided an array of services and outreach, including immunizations at open houses, anti-bullying programs, links to mental health services, and educational and training information.

This year, the CCT was present at the Lakeside Junior High School orientation and the Ashtabula Lakeside Elementary Campus open houses and will take part in the upcoming Lakeside Junior High School open house from 4-6 p.m. Sept. 9.

Immunizations will be provided by the Health Departments and other agencies will provide information about services for families.

The goal of the CCT is to provide support and interventions that strengthen school connectedness and facilitate the healthy development of children. Research reported by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has shown a strong relationship between school connectedness and educational outcomes of students.

Learning support initiatives like the local CCT can help improve school attendance, grades and test scores, and decrease risky behaviors.

Members of the CCT include: After School Discovery, Ashtabula Area City Schools, Ashtabula City Health Department, Ashtabula Educational Service Center, Ashtabula County Health Department, Ashtabula County Medical Center, Ashtabula County Mental Health and Recovery Board, Catholic Charities, Children Services Board, Community Action/211, Community Counseling Center, Family and Children First Council, Family Planning Association of Northeast Ohio, Homesafe, Hospice of Western Reserve, Lake Area Recovery Center, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Signature Health, and University Hospitals.

Other community based organizations that are interested in participating or school districts that want more information, can call After School Discovery or Lakeside Junior High School for more information.