Family and Community Partnership Liaison Program


The Family and Community Partnership Liaison program is designed to meet the increased needs of vulnerable youth by connecting schools, families, and youth to community resources and local systems of care.

The Ohio Department of Education has allocated three million dollars of federal CARES Act funding to staff the state’s educational service centers (ESCs) with a Family and Community Partnership Liaison. Now, all ESCs have a staff member designated to identifying and creating partnerships to support vulnerable youth and families in their region. With this increased capacity, school districts can foster transformative partnerships with families and communities to improve student wellness and increase family engagement.

Liaisons focus their work on the needs of groups including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Students in foster care

  • Youth experiencing homelessness

  • Justice-involved and adjudicated youth

  • English Learners

  • Military-connected students

  • Students with disabilities
The Family and Community Partnership liaisons receive training in family engagement and community partnership best practices from the Center on Education, Training and Employment and the Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center at The Ohio State University.

This training began in January 2021, and continues monthly. Liaisons make connections to community stakeholders and potential partners, have conducted a community needs assessment, and design a plan to build family and community partnerships in the priority areas identified in the needs assessment.


School district staff, community partners, and other stakeholders can contact their Family and Community Partnership Liaison for resources and information regarding the following:
  • Connecting to resources to facilitate implementation of best practices in delivering high-quality family engagement;
  • Identifying opportunities to connect students and families of identified vulnerable populations with community partners and resources; and
  • Locating direct service providers and community partners and agencies.
To get in touch with the Family and Community Partnership Liaison servicing school districts, view this directory (coming soon!) 

Liaison Directory (searchable by district) 

For questions regarding the ESC Family and Community Partnership Liaisons program or for more information, please contact the Ohio Department of Education at or the Ohio State University team at

Last Modified: 10/4/2021 8:25:41 AM