ERIC Number: ED369575
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Family Resource Coalition, Chicago, IL.
Noting that educating children requires commitment and resources from the whole community as well as the schools, this document explores school-based collaborations with social services and family programs to improve students' performance. The document first provides a rationale for school-linked programs, then describes the School-Linked Services division of the National Resource Center for Family Support Programs, which collects and disseminates information and provides technical support to help establish projects to improve school outcomes for children through strong partnerships with parents, social service agencies, and other community resources. Next, it describes the Family Resource Coalition, a national membership organization dedicated to communicating the premise, promise, and practice of family support, and of which the School-Linked Services division is a part. The paper then describes five school-based efforts: (1) Family Resource and Youth Service Centers Program, Kentucky, which empowers communities to coordinate social and health services for youth and families through school-based centers; (2) the Beacons Initiative, New York, which offers basic services necessary to keep youth successful in school and safe in the neighborhoods, as well as innovative programs that stretch kids' potential even further; (3) the San Jose, California's Franklin-McKinley School District's practice of housing, in its administration building, service providers in areas including health and dental care, marriage and family counseling, truancy court, legal aid, and child care; (4) Family Resource Schools, Denver (Colorado), offering more than 30 services and programs intended to prevent school failure and enhance school readiness, increase parent involvement, and relieve the stress of families; and (5) Vaughn Next Century Learning Center, in San Fernando, California, which combines school-based health and social services and quality child care. The paper also lists characteristics common to family support programs. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Family Resource Coalition, Chicago, IL.