Whole Child

Family Involvement

Published: 8/2/2022 3:53 AM
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 Services Centers

The division 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 characteristics.


CDC’s 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 setting. 

The 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 policies. 

Community Involvement

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. 

National Association of Chronic Disease Director’s Local Health Department and SchoolPartnerships: Working Together to Build

This tool focuses on how schools and local health departments can work together to build healthy schools. 

National Association of Chronic Disease Director’s Opportunities for School and HospitalPartnership 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. 

The 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. 

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