Families and school staff work together to support and improve the learning, development, and health of students. Family engagement with schools is a shared responsibility of both school staff and families. School staff are committed to making families feel welcomed, engaging families in a variety of meaningful ways, and sustaining family engagement. Families are committed to actively supporting their child's learning and development. This relationship between school staff and families cuts across and reinforces student health and learning in multiple settings—at home, in school, in out-of-school programs, and in the community. Family engagement should be continuous across a child's life and requires an ongoing commitment as children mature into young adulthood.
Division of Family Resource and Youth
provides administrative support, technical assistance and training
to local school-based Family Resource and Youth Services Centers (FRYSC)
in Kentucky. The primary goal of these centers is to remove non-academic
barriers to learning as a means to enhance student academic success.
Each center offers
a unique blend of programs and services determined by the needs of the
population being served, available resources, location and other local
Parents for Healthy Schools
CDC provides set resources and tools to help schools, school
groups and school wellness committees encourage parent engagement in school
health. These resources include fact sheets, a guide with training and
evaluation materials and an e-learning course. The purpose of these resources is
to educate parents on the school
nutrition environment and services, school-based physical education and
physical activity, and managing chronic health conditions in the school
Leadership Conference Education Fund Parent and Family Engagement Provisions of
the Every Student Succeeds Act
This resource provides detail of the Every Student Succeeds
Act (ESSA) which was reauthorized as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).
Explains the funding of the act, consultation and parent and family engagement
Community groups, organizations, and local businesses create
partnerships with schools, share resources, and volunteer to support student
learning, development, and health-related activities. The school, its students,
and their families benefit when leaders and staff at the district or school
solicits and coordinates information, resources, and services available from
community-based organizations, businesses, cultural and civic organizations, social
service agencies, faith-based organizations, health clinics, colleges and
universities, and other community groups. Schools, students, and their families
can contribute to the community through service-learning opportunities and by
sharing school facilities with community members (e.g., school-based community
health centers and fitness facilities).
CDC Healthy Schools Website
NationalAssociation of State Boards of Education’s How Schools Work and How to WorkWith Schools
The National Association of State Boards of Education
provides a guide on how to work with schools. There are chapters focusing on
different topics: how schools work and how to work with schools describing the
federal, national organization, state and local roles in education and guiding
principles and concepts for working with schools and practical steps.
Association of Chronic Disease Director’s Local Health Department and School
Partnerships: Working Together to Build
This tool focuses on how schools and local health
departments can work together to build healthy schools.
Association of Chronic Disease Director’s Opportunities for School and Hospital
Partnership in Mgmt. of Chronic Conditions
An issue brief for health departments that integrate
community health needs assessment requirements for non-profit hospitals under
the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid initiatives, and additional opportunities.
Center for Health and Health Care in Schools’ Partner Build Grow
A coalition formation template on how to build an action
team and identify potential partners. Aids in identifying possible agencies,
organizations or local groups within your community to be considered as a
coalition is formed.
Office of Finance and Operations
Division of District Support
300 Sower Blvd., 4th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
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