Programs in alternative facilities for at-risk youth
Family Care Center
- 1135 Harry Sykes Way; contact: Tiffany Compton, (859) 288-4015
The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government's Parent Education Program partners with Fayette County Public Schools to provide high school education and social services intervention to young mothers and expectant youths ages 14 to 20. It enables these students to improve their academic, parenting, and independent-living skills. The staff and teachers help young mothers overcome an array of challenges and empower them to achieve their educational goals. FCPS provides three regular teachers and one part-time special education teacher, as well as speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy. Transportation, child care, and free breakfast and lunch are also available for students. This program operates on the same school calendar as FCPS.
The Kentucky Educational Collaborative for State Agency Children (KECSAC) supervises and manages FCPS teaching staff at alternative, residential and group-home facilities for at-risk youths including the two listed below.
Lexington Day Treatment Center
- 1177 Harry Sykes Way; contact: Kim Read, (859) 246-4370
The Lexington Day Treatment Center is run by Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government in collaboration with FCPS and the state's Department of Juvenile Justice. About four dozen students in grades 6-12 are on site, taking classes under FCPS teachers in a smaller environment and receiving individualized treatment and counseling from Division of Youth Services professionals. All students are working to obtain their high school diploma and may do so here or upon return to the regular high school setting. To be eligible for enrollment, youths must be committed to the DJJ, the Department of Community-Based Services, or be court-ordered to attend and participate at Day Treatment. Many times during the year there is a waiting list, and students are interviewed for enrollment based on their application submission date. Students receive breakfast and lunch at no charge.
- Application packet
- Student handbook
- Standard Operating Procedures manual
- Infinite Campus student records system
- Field trip permission form
- Visitors policy
How to help: The Day Treatment program strives to reward students for good grades, attendance, and exemplary behavior or character through the Student of the Week program and other initiatives. Incentives and rewards are always needed to encourage and motivate the youth. Gift cards and gift certificates for goods or services are especially valued. To contribute, please contact Kim Read.
Fayette Regional Juvenile Detention Center
- 3475 Spurr Road; contact: Felicia Johnson, (859) 246-2806, Ext. 50513
This is a state-owned and -operated maximum-security juvenile detention facility. It opened in 2005 as a 48-bed facility and was later expanded to 60 beds to meet the demands of its 10-county service area: Fayette, Clark, Madison, Jessamine, Woodford, Anderson, Franklin, Scott, Nicholas and Bourbon. The youth here are usually between the ages of 12 and 18 and are generally awaiting adjudication or placement at other treatment facilities. When students enter this detention center, they are enrolled in FCPS, and classrooms are located within the facility. A regular day educational program is provided in addition to the Title I program, which provides materials, supplies, equipment, training and staff for school as well as summer tutorial program. Title I funds also provide for a transition program to assist the youths with a successful re-entry into their school and to discourage truancy.