NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York City has teamed up with non-profit organizations to help struggling schools in low-income communities across the boroughs.

The Department of Education matched up 45 schools with 35 social service agencies to create the so-called Community Schools.

Catholic Charities, Good Shepherd Services and the Children’s Aid Society are among those participating.

The goal of the new program is to improve achievement, increase attendance and prevent dropouts.

Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina told the Wall Street Journal she has confidence in the program since principals and parents were involved in the process.

Mayor Bill de Blasio had unveiled the School Renewal Program in early November, promising that each school selected would be turned into a resource center for families.

The transformed Community Schools will offer students and families additional resources such as guidance counselors, social workers, and small group instruction.

The services are expected to begin early next year.

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