ERIC Number: ED461709
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Helping Families To Help Students: Kentucky's Family Resource and Youth Services Centers.
Denton, David R.
Kentucky's Family Resource and Youth Services Centers grew out of the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990. They help families and children find local solutions to nonacademic problems interfering with student learning, providing support to public schools with at least 20 percent of their students qualifying for school lunch assistance (though anyone may participate). After a decade of steady expansion, 710 centers served 1,088 schools in 2000-01. The centers had broad-based support in their communities and among policymakers. This report examines factors that played a role in that success. Section 1 describes what Family Resource and Youth Service Centers are, examining care components (e.g., preschool, child care, home visits, food, parent education, and referrals to health and social services). Section 2 examines how centers improve student performance, discussing improvements noted by teachers in participating students' academic performance and class behavior. Section 3 presents lessons for other states (e.g., the younger the child, the easier it is to change negative learning behaviors, and reaching as much of the target population as quickly as possible without sacrificing too much quality is important). Section 4 examines the few other states with family resource centers. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Child Welfare, Childhood Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Programs, Health Promotion, High Risk Students, School Community Relationship, Youth Programs
Southern Regional Education Board, 592 10th Street, N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318. Tel: 404-875-9211; Web site: http://www.sreb.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky