Family Resource / Youth Services Centers (FRYSC)

  • 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 offer 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 youngsters and their families with access to community programs.

    Available at elementaries:

    • 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.

    At middle and high schools:

    • 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.
  • 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 Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services 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 FRYSC centers are open to all students and their families within the school community, regardless of family income.

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