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KET Parenting and Child Care School Resource Centers: Partners in Success
a KET call-in program: aired August 20, 2002

Since its passage in 1990, the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) has received a considerable amount of attention in terms of testing and accountability issues. But another element has been making a big difference with relatively little fanfare. Designed to help remove non-academic problems that interfere with student learning, the Kentucky Family Resource and Youth Services Centers initiative has been forging vital links among schools, students, their families, and their community.

To provide more information about these centers and answer viewers’ questions about the services they provide, KET presents School Resource Centers: Partners in Student Success, a call-in program which aired Tuesday, August 20 at 9:00/8:00 pm CT on KET.

A public school in Kentucky is eligible for a Family Resource Center (elementary school) or Youth Services Center (middle or high school) if at least 20 percent of its students meet poverty guidelines. Kentucky has 766 such centers serving 1,144 schools, or approximately 98% of those eligible. Schools that have centers report improved student performance in academics and peer relationships, and parents report increased satisfaction with and involvement in the schools.

Panelists for the call-in:

  • Dr. Robert “Sandy” Goodlett, executive director of the Office of Family Resource and Youth Services Centers, Kentucky Cabinet for Families and Children
  • JoAnn James, Youth Services Center Coordinator, Robert Frost Middle School, Jefferson County Public Schools
  • Marilyn Coffey, Family Resource Center Coordinator, Liberty Elementary, Casey County Public Schools

In addition to answering viewers’ questions, panelists describe the typical services offered to families and children, the impact these centers have on academic performance, and ways the general public can get involved.

Online resources:

School Resource Centers: Partners in Student Success is available on videotape from KET. Call or e-mail KET Tape Duplication, (800) 945-9167, for information.

The program is a KET production and is closed-captioned for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.

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