Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order to establish an initiative outlined in his 2013 State of the State address that will provide grants to 30 schools for three years to foster schools serving children and their families. The “NYS Community Schools Initiative” will work toward providing health care services, job readiness services and counseling services for families of students attending the schools.

“The state is empowering schools in distressed communities to give students extra help through health care services, family counseling and employment assistance, all of which will strengthen our neighborhoods and give students in those areas additional support, both in and out of the classroom,” said Cuomo according to a press release issued by his office. The grants for “community partnerships” are up to $500,000. The NYS Community Schools Initiative aims to replicate the Harlem Children’s Zone, Say Yes to Education and Strive Network, among others, according to the governor’s website.