ERIC Number: ED319112
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Family Support: Education and Involvement. A Guide for State Action.
Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC.
At a time when many families across all income levels are experiencing greater stress and when child poverty is at record levels, the school cannot function as an isolated institution. Instead, public education has been thrust into the more responsible position of helping young needy families achieve self-sufficiency. There is a pressing need for a comprehensive child and family policy that directs and mobilizes all family-serving systems to cut across organizational arrangements and provide services for families. This document links three diverse concepts (family support, family education, and family involvement with schools) and focuses them in an image of schools helping families helping schools to form unbroken support and assistance to children. The first section outlines principles and recommendations for developing comprehensive family support, education, and involvement systems. The second section discusses a framework of family programs, illustrating how state efforts to support, educate, and involve families reinforce school improvement goals and help to achieve success for all students. The third section summarizes state activities supporting families and schools. Three appendices further catalog state efforts, describe relevant federal programs, and list resource organizations and addresses. (38 references) (MLH)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Childhood Needs, Community Involvement, Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Programs, Government Role, Poverty, School Responsibility, Social Services
Publication Sales, Council of Chief State School Officers, 379 Hall of the States, 400 North Capitol Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20001-1511 ($10.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC.