School-based Child Health Outreach & Enrollment

The School-Based Child Health Outreach and Enrollment Project is a national initiative coordinated by the Children’s Defense Fund and American Association of School Administrators (AASA) to make sure that all children have access to free and affordable healthcare.

Since 2010, we have partnered with districts in California, Texas and throughout the nation to develop school-based models that assist schools with identifying uninsured children and linking them with health coverage.

We know that strong partnerships with schools is a key approach to reaching uninsured families. We need to reach children and families where they are — in school. We have partnered with four school districts in Los Angeles County to empower them to help families connect to health coverage. Our school-friendly program enables school districts to systematically incorporate child health outreach and enrollment practices into routine school district operations so they can effectively identify uninsured children and connect them with coverage.

Our Partnerships

CDF has a strong partnership with the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) and has piloted school-based health outreach and enrollment approaches that have resulted in identifying thousands of uninsured children in school districts by adding a question about health insurance on student enrollment forms. In 2010, a partnership between the Texas Association of School Administrators, CDF and the Houston Independent School District led outreach efforts that resulted in the identification of 17,000 students in one school year. The project has since expanded into nine additional school districts in Texas, reaching more than 435,000 children to date.

Nationwide recognition has allowed CDF and AASA to partner with a growing number of school districts throughout the United States. In California, we have partnered with the El Monte Union High School District and the Mt. View School District and most recently, have welcomed two additional school districts: the El Rancho Unified School District and the Lynwood Unified School District.

District Partnerships

CDF-CA provides technical assistance and other resources to four school districts in Los Angeles County committed to connecting uninsured children and families with health coverage. We work with school districts that serve high percentages of uninsured children. Often times school districts do not have the resources or capacity to fully fund an initiative of this sort.

Compton Unified School District 

El Rancho Unified School District 

Lynwood Unified School District 

Mountain View School District