Overview of Family and Community Support Programs

The programs for supportive learning environments are part of the Ohio Department of Education's Office of Family and Community Support. The office provides services, programs and products that focus on addressing student, family and community factors that improve learning climates in schools and, consequently, improve learning. It also helps establish policies on school climate as well as substance abuse and violence prevention that serve as models for school districts.

Family and Community Support Programs

21st Century Community Learning Centers:

The centers provide funding to local education and community agencies, faith-based organizations, universities and other organizations working with schools to provide academic intervention services in mathematics and reading. All activities are performed outside school hours.

For more information on 21st CCLC, contact:

Shannon Teague, Associate Director
(614) 466-2517

Nina Pace, Grants Manager
(614) 387-0344

Charlotte Jones-Ward, 21st CCLC Consultant

Joseph Kujkowski, 21st CCLC Consultant
(614) 387-0377

Debra Shirley, 21st CCLC Consultant
(614) 466-9520

Connie Sims, 21st CCLC Data Coordinator
(614) 752-5071

Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC)

Establishing healthy behaviors during childhood is easier and more effective than trying to change unhealthy behaviors during adulthood. Schools play a critical role in promoting the health and safety of young people and helping them establish lifelong healthy behavior patterns. Research shows a link between the health outcomes of young people and their academic success . To have the most positive impact on the health outcomes of young people, government agencies, community organizations, schools, and other community members must work together through a collaborative and comprehensive approach.

For more information:

Dawn Ayres
(614) 466-9271

Jacqueline Sharpe
(614) 387-2241

Family and Community Engagement: ODE offers policies, guidance and resources to help districts and schools create school, family and community partnerships and to comply with related state and federal requirements.

For more information on Family and Community Engagement, contact:

Tamara Dye, Administrative Assistant
(614) 644-6830

Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program: This program is the federal government's primary vehicle for reducing violence and drug, alcohol and tobacco use through education and prevention activities in the nation's schools.

For more information on the Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program, contact:

Jill Jackson, Safe and Drug-Free Schools Consultant
(614) 466-9540

Supportive Learning Policies Adopted by the State Board of Education

Ohio School Climate Guidelines: These guidelines describe how schools can create environments where every student feels welcomed, respected and motivated to learn. While these guidelines target building and district administrators, they also can be useful as springboards for policy discussions with staff, students, parents, school boards and other community members.

Learning Supports Guidelines: Using the Comprehensive System of Learning Supports Guidelines, local district and school building leadership teams can create plans and policies to ensure that every Ohio student enjoys access to academic and nonacademic programs and support services that are critical for success.

The Model Anti-Harassment, Anti-Intimidation and Anti-Bullying Policy: This policy is designed to assist districts in meeting their requirement to have such a policy in place. The Ohio Department of Education, which drafted the policy in consultation with other state agencies, provides companion resources for school districts to help implement local policies.

Guidance for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention Policy: This policy is dedicated to eliminating: drug and alcohol around school grounds, on school buses or at school-sponsored functions; verbal and physical violence including bullying and gang participation; and student involvement in self-destructive acts including self-mutilation and suicide.

Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention Policy: This policy directs the Ohio Department of Education to help school districts create safe, caring learning environments where students have access to practices and programs that prevent them from engaging in alcohol and other drug use, violence and other self-destructive behaviors, including suicide.

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Last Modified: 11/4/2015 3:04:17 PM