As the education field focuses on effective family engagement, understanding how Family Resource Centers (FRCs) support schools in this effort is especially timely. This webinar will highlight the role of FRCs in relation to student and family success across the country, featuring a case study from the 856 school-based Family Resource & Youth Services Centers of Kentucky.
Described as "America’s best kept secret," more than 3,000 community and school-based FRCs in both rural and urban settings in 30 states and the District of Columbia work with more than 2 million people annually. As conveniently-located hubs of connections and support, they bundle and co-locate many services, such as home visiting, evidence-based parenting education, health screenings, child care resource and referral, playgroups, family counseling, government benefits screening, healthy eating and living activities, GED prep, job skills training, and food banks.
FRCs are cost-effective, highly adaptable for various communities, and have a track record of successful outcomes, including reducing child abuse and neglect, improving children’s educational success, and increasing families’ economic self-sufficiency. A Social Return on Investment Study in Alabama determined that for every $1 invested in FRCs, the state received $4.93 in immediate and long-term consequential financial benefits.
The Family Resource & Youth Services Centers of Kentucky, originally established for student and family support as part of education reform legislation in 1991, “…touch everything that happens in the school and community.” The state has subsequently seen vast improvements in students’ educational success and attainment, moving from 45th place into the top 25 school systems in the country.
Learn more about the National Family Support Network.