Family Resource & Youth Services Centers
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Family support programs thrive in a community where resources, leadership and caring come together in response to real problems and real opportunities. Recognizing the importance of the total family in educational success, we created the Family Resource and Youth Services Centers to help families and children meet national and state academic standards. (The resource centers were included in the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990.) Their mission is to enhance students' abilities to succeed in school by assisting kids and their families with access to community programs.
One or more schools may obtain funding for a center by developing a grant proposal. Schools compete for state grants by submitting the proposal to the Cabinet for Human Resources in cooperation with the Kentucky Department of Education. A school must have at least 20 percent of its student population eligible for the federal free school meals program in order to apply for the grant. Once established, the centers are open to all students and their families within the school community without regard to family income.
Family Resource Centers offer:
- Assistance with after-school care for ages 4 to 12.
- Health and education services for assistance with full-time child care for 2- and 3-year-olds, new and expectant mothers.
- Education to enhance parenting skills and education for preschool parents and their children.
- Support and training for day-care providers.
- Health service and referrals to health agencies.
Youth Services Centers offer:
- Health service and referrals to community health and social agencies.
- Employment counseling, training and placement for youth.
- Summer and part-time job development for youths.
- Substance abuse services or referrals.
- Family crisis and mental health services or referrals.