As part of a $4.1 million commitment to expand school-based mental health in the District of Columbia, the Bainum Family Foundation in Bethesda, Maryland, has announced the names of four schools that will participate in its Community of Practice initiative.
The schools — DC Prep (Benning and Anacostia Campuses), DC Scholars Public Charter School, Eagle Academy Public Charter School (Congress Heights Campus), and Monument Academy Public Charter School — are all elementary or middle schools located in and/or serving Wards 7 and 8. In partnership with the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools, part of the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, the foundation will provide each school with training and technical assistance over three years to help them integrate academic and social-emotional data into their decision-making and coordinate resources as each school evaluates outcomes and implements best practices that fit its unique needs.
"In order for children to thrive and to succeed in both school and life, it's critical to address their social and emotional needs along with their cognitive and physical development," said Bainum Foundation president, CEO, and board chair Barbara Bainum. "That's why school-based mental health is a key element of our Wrap-Around Support strategy. The Community of Practice is a crucial demonstration project that will help us understand the most effective ways to deliver these services through schools, and that's information we will share with educators and the mental health field to benefit other children, families, and schools."