Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child

Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child

Published: 1/3/2023 2:31 PM

​Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child

Establishing healthy behaviors during childhood is easier and more effective than trying to change unhealthy behaviors during adulthood. Schools play a critical role in promoting the health and safety of young people and helping them establish lifelong healthy behavior patterns. Research shows a link between the health outcomes of young people and their academic success. To have the most positive impact on the health outcomes of young people, government agencies, community organizations, schools, and other community members must work together through a collaborative and comprehensive approach.

The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child, or WSCC model, is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) framework for addressing health in schools. The WSCC model is student-centered and emphasizes the role of the community in supporting the school, the connections between health and academic achievement and the importance of evidence-based school policies and practices. The WSCC model has 10 components:

WSCC model

  1. Physical education and physical activity
  2. Nutrition environment and services
  3. Health education
  4. Social and emotional school climate
  5. Physical environment
  6. Health services
  7. Counseling, psychological and social services
  8. Employee wellness
  9. Community involvement
  10. Family engagement



Kentucky is one of 16 states that received a cooperative agreement from the CDC for “Improving Student Health and Academic Achievement through Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Management of Chronic Conditions in Schools.” The strategies of the cooperative agreement include providing infrastructure development, professional development and training and technical assistance to schools and districts across the state.

For more information, please contact:

Project Director

Professional Development/YRBS Coordinator

​​Stephanie Bunge
Office of Finance and Operations
Division of District Support
300 Sower Blvd., 4th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-5279
Fax (502) 564-6470

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