View Ohio's Whole Child Framework

illustration showing the 5 tenets of the whole child framework

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NutritionSafer SchoolsPositive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) |
Trauma-informed SchoolsSchool-based Health CareAttendanceVulnerable Youth | Family and Community EngagementCreating Caring Communities | 
Social and Emotional Learning


The Office of Integrated Student Supports, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, administers several programs that provide healthy food to children and eligible adults. Each of these programs helps fight hunger and obesity by reimbursing organizations such as schools, child care centers and after-school programs for providing healthy meals to children.

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

A proactive approach for selecting and using prevention and intervention strategies to support a student’s academic, social, emotional, and behavioral competence. Contact:

Trauma-informed Schools

A trauma-informed school is one in which all students and staff feel safe, welcomed and supported and where the impact of trauma on teaching and learning is addressed at the center of the educational mission.


It is important for every student in Ohio to attend school every day. There are many reasons students miss school, but districts often can directly impact their students’ attendance. Contact:

Vulnerable Youth

Vulnerable children and youth are students who often encounter challenges in receiving a quality and equitable education. Vulnerable youth may face many barriers, including traumatization, high mobility, and undiagnosed behavioral and health conditions.

Family and Community Engagement

Family and Community Engagement is a critical part of helping students achieve success in and out of the classroom.

Creating Caring Communities

When a student recognizes that an educator cares, the student is willing to further engage in and take ownership for his or her learning. This mutual trust begins with a child-centered, accepting and respectful learning community. It all begins with creating caring communities.

Social and Emotional Learning

Social-emotional learning includes competencies like self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, collaboration, empathy, relationship skills and responsible decision-making. The elements of social-emotional learning give children the tools to become resilient and persistent in life.